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Police search for missing, endangered woman in Cape Coral

A father is desperate to find his daughter after she was last seen more than a week ago at her Cape Coral apartment.

Cape Coral Police Department believes 29-year-old Lauren Dumolo is in danger Monday, over a week since she was last seen.

Paul Dumolo flew in from California to help search for his daughter.

“I’m heartbroken, and I’m scared,” Dumolo said. “I want her home safe. I want to hold her. I want to hug her.”

Credit: Cape Coral Police Department.

 

Lauren was last seen at her apartment on Coronado Parkway on June 19. The same day, someone found her purse at Four Freedoms Park on Tarpon Court, where she went frequently.

Lauren was reported missing on June 21, and her cell phone was found in her apartment.

“It’s sort of inexplicable why she’s missing,” said Master Cpl. Phil Mullen with CCPD. “We don’t have any sort of typical text message or phone call saying, ‘I’m going to harm myself,’ no driving off in a car we can describe, no leads to follow.”

And Mullen said they “don’t have any clear signs of foul play or anything like that.”

But police now say she’s a missing endangered person.

And Lauren’s dad tells us it is out of character for his daughter to disappear without a trace.

“Every Father’s Day, she’s never missed calling me,’ Paul said. “And that’s when I really knew it was bad because I didn’t hear from her.”

Paul hopes his message reaches his daughter.

“If she can see this, I want her to contact me as soon as possible, however she needs to contact me,” Paul said.

And Paul hopes anyone who might have something to do with her disappearance or information about it will also come forward. Lauren’s dad told us she’s the young mother of a five-year-old little girl. Her family says she walked and rode the bus most places because she didn’t have a car.

CCPD is asking for anyone with information to come forward. Tipsters can call CCPD at 239-574-3223. Tipsters can also submit an anonymous tip at the Cape Coral Police website, TipSubmit, a message through CCPD social media platforms or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477 using case number 20-011323.

“She’s a mother. She’s a sister. She’s like one of the kindest people. She’d give you the shirt off her back. Just let her come home,” Paul said.

Reporter:Breana Ross
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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