Marco Island man donates $5,000 to help find missing Cape Coral woman

Reporter: Nicole Gabe
Lauren Dumolo. Credit: via Cape Coral Police Department.

A Marco Island man is using what he has to help in the case of a missing Cape Coral woman, Lauren Dumolo, in hopes someone will come forward with information.

Jim Edgar is a captain and owner of Sand Dollar Shelling on Marco Island. He doesn’t know Lauren or her father or her sister, but he does know they’re in pain.

“It’s not really about having to know the person or be personally connected to them. It’s about being personally connected to the story in the horrificness of it,” he said.

Cape Coral Police say Lauren was last seen on June 19. Edgar saw our interview with her father, Paul Dumolo, and decided he had to step up.

“I mean, I have kids and this guy is from out of town. I mean, I can’t even imagine what this guy is going through. He has no answers on anything that happened and we just want to help them out,” Edgar said.

So he got in touch with Crime Stoppers and put up $5,000 in reward money. Then, we introduced him and Paul.

“I have to be honest with you, I am completely taken back by his generosity, his concern, his true concern about my daughter and his understanding,” Paul said.

This is the second time the generosity of others overwhelmed him. Tuesday night, dozens of people showed up to search for his daughter. Now, a man donates his hard-earned money.

The kindness of strangers, giving him a boost of hope and energy in his darkest of days.

“If there’s one person out there then I think there’s more than one,” Paul said.

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