Search party organized for missing Cape Coral mother
A search party was organized for a missing Cape Coral woman Saturday evening at Faith Presbyterian Church. They got together and handed out flyers, going door to door to make sure Lauren Dumolo isn’t forgotten.
“I’m a citizen and I’m concerned so I thought I’d come out see if I can help in any way,” said Fort Myers resident Tony Richardson.
The organizers appreciate people like Richardson because they’re doing what they can to help find Dumolo.
“We have to find out where she is. We have to start getting out on the streets and talking to people,” said Rena Anders, one of the organizers.
Anders mentioned that she’d seen the pleas from Dumolo’s family and simply wanted to help.
“I saw the anguish from the news, your news stories of Paul just wanting answers, and understanding as a parent how horrible it must be to not have any answers. So our goal here is to, if we can’t find Lauren, let’s at least get the police some leads,” she said.
Dumolo was last seen three weeks ago by her boyfriend of four years, Gabriel Pena, who spoke exclusively with WINK News on Friday.
“I’m worried. I’m worried and scared; not scared because I didn’t do anything but I’m just worried something really did happen,” Pena said.
There were dozens out on Saturday evening looking for Dumolo and hoping for her safe return. They were searching areas near Coronado Parkway, Miromar Street, Atlantic Court and others.
Many of the volunteers said they felt called to help in the search because they have families of their own. “I have a daughter myself so I would hope that if I was in the same situation that other people would come and support the families and be out here to help look,” said Shannon Holden of Fort Myers.
“Our heart really goes out to the family because if it was like someone in our family we would be out here anyway,” said Ava Esposito, resident of Fort Myers.
While family and friends greatly appreciate the help and support, they too just want to see Dumolo again, to hug her, hold her and make sure she’s safe.
“I am so concerned because this is not her. She would not just up and disappear from anybody,” said Denise Seny, a friend of Dumolo.
They know she’d help them if they were in trouble, so they won’t stop until they find her. “If I was in the same position she was in, I would want somebody looking for me too,” Seny said. “Anything we can do, I’m willing to do.”