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Father will not give up search for missing daughter in Cape Coral

Paul Dumolo’s daughter has been missing for more than a month, but he has not given up hope.

Cape Coral woman Lauren Dumolo was last seen June 19. Her father and community members want to find her safe and continue to help investigators search for her and for answers.

“I will not give up,” Paul said. “I hope nobody else gives up in the search for my daughter.”

Lauren Dumolo, 30, is considered missing and endangered. Credit: via CCPD.

Paul sat down and spoke to us Tuesday about his daughter and continues to hold onto hope, while remaining worried for his daughter.

“It’s always been my biggest fear that my daughter is gone,” Paul said.

For 32 days, Paul has searched, prayed and waited for his daughter’s safe return. He lives in California but almost immediately came to Cape Coral when his daughter disappeared.

“It’s exhausting,” Paul said. “I’ve been here almost a month now. Not a day has gone by where I haven’t been out either talking with people, searching for where she could possibly be.”

Lauren’s birthday was just days ago.

“She was 30 years old,” Paul said. “That was probably the worst day of all of this.”

But neither Paul nor the community will give up.

Day by day, search teams have gone door-to-door, handing out flyers and holding onto hope for any clue as to her whereabouts. Flyers still hang at Four Freedoms Park in Cape Coral, a place she often visited.

“These people take out their own time,” Paul said. “You know, they don’t have to do this.”

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers says some tips have come in, and Cape Coral Police Department is investigating all of them. There is an $8,000 reward for Lauren’s case.

Another search is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday morning for Lauren. Anyone who wants to help can meet the search party at Shops at Surfside plaza off Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Lauren’s father does feel they’re closer to getting answers. He also hired a private investigator.

“My biggest hope would be that my daughter is found alive and found safe,” Paul said. “I will not give up. I hope nobody else gives up in the search for my daughter. I will not leave Florida until I have all the answers and this is solved.”

Credit: Cape Coral Police Department.
Reporter:Brea Hollingsworth
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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