FARMINGTON — Probate Court Judge Evelyn Daly said more evidence is needed before a ruling can be made on whether Jennifer Dulos is dead.
During a hearing Thursday in Farmington Probate Court, Daly said there is no Connecticut case law that would support making a determination that the New Canaan mother of five who has been missing since May 2019 is legally dead.
After hearing several attorneys argue why they felt Jennifer Dulos should be declared dead, Daly adjourned the hearing without making a decision. It remained unclear whether she would schedule another hearing on the matter.
Attorney Christopher Hug, the administrator of Fotis Dulos’ estate, requested the Probate Court judge to declare Jennifer Dulos dead so he can access a $194,000 Individual Retirement account that has been off limits with no beneficiary.
Hug seeks to override a state law, requiring a seven-year waiting period to declare a missing person legally dead.
“There’s a great deal of interest in closure for the benefit of the family,” Hug argued during Thursday’s hearing.
Fotis Dulos died Jan. 30 from an apparent suicide while facing murder, kidnapping and other charges in the death and disappearance of his estranged wife.
He died deeply in debt with all of the properties associated with his real estate development company, Fore Group, now in foreclosure.
The primary creditor of his estate is his mother-in-law, Gloria Farber, who has been caring for the five Dulos children since their mother vanished. Farber is owed nearly $2 million she was awarded in a lawsuit over unpaid business loans her family made to the Fore Group.
Attorney Richard Weinstein, who represents Farber, said the family supports a judge’s ruling that Jennifer Dulos has died.
Judge: More evidence needed on whether Jennifer Dulos is dead
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