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Burned body found in New Canaan park identified

Police say there is no connection to the Dulos case.
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NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Officials have identified the man who was found on fire at a local park. 

Howard Alan Fletcher, 71, of Norwalk, was identified as the victim in the case. 

The Office of the Chief State's Medical examiner said the cause of death was pending further studies. 

Around 8:45 p.m. August 10, emergency crews were called to a fire at the town mulch pile on Lapham Road, which is across the street from the entrance to Waveny Park

When officers approached the site of the fire, they saw it was a body on fire. Fire crews put out the fire. The New Canaan Fire Marshal's office was on the scene as well, said police. 

The New Canaan Police said they were investigating along with the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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Police said in a press release, "It appears that this incident is isolated is not at all connected to the Jennifer Dulos case. Preliminary evidence does support that this incident is most likely a suicide."

Jennifer Dulos' Chevy Suburban was found in Waveny Park the day she was last seen alive, May 24, 2019. 

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She has not been seen since.

About a week later, Fotis Dulos, her estranged husband, and Michelle Troconis, Fotis Dulos' girlfriend at the time Jennifer went missing, were arrested on charges of tampering with the evidence.

Fotis Dulos was charged with murder in January 2020. At the same time, Troconis and Kent Mawhinney, a friend of Fotis Dulos, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and had a court-set bond of $2 million.

Three weeks later Fotis Dulos took his own life. 

In late August 2020, Michelle Troconis was charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.

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The new charges are in connection with what authorities say were efforts to cover up the killing of Jennifer Dulos.

Additionally, the judge ruled that Troconis no longer has to be part of the Intensive Probation supervision program.  

The attorney for Michelle Troconis had asked the court to review and modify the conditions under which she has been held on house arrest. Defense counsel released three videos in August 2020 they said bolsters their case.

Troconis pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

If you or a loved one are facing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, there is help readily available. You can call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8 or 800-273-8255 or chat with them online.   For further information, also go to: https://portal.ct.gov/DMHAS/Programs-and-Services/Finding-Services/Suicide-Resources 

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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