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7-Year-Old Boy Gives up Savings for Disney Trip to Help Find Missing Woman Jennifer Dulos

By Zachary Stieber

A 7-year-old Connecticut boy donated money he was saving for a trip to Disney World to help find missing mother Jennifer Dulos.

Riley Daigle learned that Dulos had gone missing and came up with an idea.

“He said somebody must know something. Maybe we could take the savings, my savings account and take all the money out of my savings account and give it to somebody for information,” his mother, Danielle Daigle, told Fox 61.

The savings amounted to $500. Riley was going to spend the money in August to go to Disney but decided it was better to help law enforcement search for Dulos.

Riley Daigle, 7, in a file photo. (Missing Mom Reward (Jennifer Dulos)/GoFundMe)
This undated photo released May 31, 2019, by the New Canaan, Conn., Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos, missing since May 24 when she was last seen dropping off her children at school. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

“Like help them get fed and help them get clothes and help them get help if they get hurt or something,” Riley said.

He said he feels bad for Dulos’ five children and said he couldn’t imagine living without his mother.

Riley, who wants to be a police officer when he gets older, set up a GoFundMe page with the help of his mother. If Dulos is not found, Riley said the money should go to her children. On the page, Riley’s mother wrote that her son “was so sickened and upset to see that 5 children have a missing mom that he pledged to put all of the money in his savings account ($500) to any information leading to a conviction or leading to the missing mom.”

“This money will be used ONLY if it leads to Jennifer, or a conviction in the missing person case. If no arrests are made the money will go to the family for the children,” she added.

In a statement obtained by Fox 61, the missing woman’s family said: “This is the kindest act imaginable: a 7-year-old-boy from Wethersfield, CT, has offered his savings as a reward to help find Jennifer Farber Dulos. His selflessness and generosity have touched our hearts. ‘A little child shall lead them.'”

Fotis Dulos and Michelle Troconis were arrested in connection with the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos in Connecticut. (New Canaan Police Department)
Fotis Dulos is arraigned on charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and first-degree hindering prosecution at Norwalk Superior Court in Norwalk, Conn., June 3, 2019. Fotis Dulos is the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, the 50-year-old mother of five who has been missing since May 24. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Two Arrested

Dulos’s estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested in connection to the woman’s disappearance on June 1. They were charged with tampering with evidence.

Dulos went missing on May 24. She was last seen driving in New Canaan; the vehicle was found the next day.

Arrest warrants obtained by the Stamford Advocate state that Fotis Dulos and Troconis, who started living together in 2017 after Jennifer Dulos filed for divorce, were seen in surveillance footage dumping trash bags in over 30 trash containers along Albany Avenue in Hartford.

Police recovered some of the bags, including one which contained bloody clothing. The blood was tested and matched to Jennifer Dulos.

Teams have been searching across the region for the missing woman, scouring a pond in Avon on Wednesday.

Fotis Dulos used to take his children to water ski at the lake, which was searched by dive teams as state troopers with dogs searched the surrounding woods, reported the Hartford Courant.

In addition to the searches, which have also included a trash-to-energy plant in Hartford and multiple properties owned by Fotis Dulos, police have been processing tips from the public.