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It’s been 18 days since a Connecticut mother of five went missing and on Tuesday her estranged husband and his girlfriend were in court.

They pleaded not guilty to a number of charges relating to her disappearance, as law enforcement officials continue the search for 50-year-old Jennifer Dulos.

Today, the mother of five’s estranged husband and his girlfriend pleading not guilty to charges related to her disappearance. 

“We don’t know where Jennifer is. We don’t think the state knows where Jennifer is,” Attorney for Fotis Dulos, Norm Pattis said.

Dulos and Michelle Troconis are charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution.

“We think that these bonds and these arrests were an attempt to pit the two of them, Miss Troconis and Mr. Dulos, against each other,” Pattis said.

Jennifer Dulos was reported missing by friends 18 days ago.

Authorities discovered a “large quantity of physical evidence in the garage” and inside of Dulos’ home, including stains that tested positive for human blood and areas of suspected blood spatter.

“The defendant’s DNA was found in a mixture on the faucet inside of Jennifer’s kitchen,” Connecticut State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr. said.

And a surveillance video, showing a man matching Fotis appearance dumping multiple garbage bags in trash receptacles across the Hartford area.  

Police recovered clothing and household goods with Jennifer Dulos’ blood on it.

The estranged couple has been engaged in a two-year custody battle and according to court documents, Jennifer said she was afraid of Fotis before her disappearance.

Michelle Troconis left the court quickly after her brief hearing and did not speak to reporters on her way out.

Both Michelle Troconis and Fotis Dulos are due back in court in early August.

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