Cops are now searching for what they believe was the weapon used to kill missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Farber Dulos: a folding hunting knife. Sources tell the Hartford Courant that surveillance video shows a garbage bag being placed in a Hartford trash bin on the day Dulos was reported missing. A homeless man, IDed simply as George, can then be seen two days later rummaging through the bin, wiping something on his pants leg, and pocketing it. George tells the Courant he found a bloody pillow and knife in a garbage bag, and that he traded the knife to a man nicknamed “Fudge” in exchange for $5 in crack (Fudge says it was a few cigarettes). Fudge tells the paper he held onto the knife for a few days, then sold it to a third man at a park for $10. “It didn’t have any blood on it when I got it. George must have wiped it off,” Fudge says.
State police say the still-missing knife may be a key piece of evidence in the Dulos case. Per court records, there was blood found at Dulos’ New Canaan home, and arrest warrants allege Farber Dulos’ estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, dumped other blood-spattered evidence in trash bins on the same street in Hartford. Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. Per CNN and the Stamford Advocate, Fotis Dulos told Dateline NBC pre-arrest that before his wife went missing he “had a beautiful life, I was with somebody that I was completely enamored with”—meaning Troconis—and “I’m still hoping [Farber Dulos] is going to show up.” For the moment, though: “My life is a mess.” Both Fotis Dulos and Troconis are out on bond, with a court appearance scheduled for later this month. (Fotis Dulos claims his wife may have faked her own disappearance.)