Missing Cape Coral woman’s father upset with how case has been handled

Writer: Jack Lowenstein
Paul Dumolo. Credit: Paul Dumolo’s Facebook account.

The father of a missing woman is upset with a local police department because he says investigators made a major mistake from the beginning.

Paul Dumolo spent nearly eleven-minutes in a Facebook LIVE post slamming Cape Coral Police Department about the investigation for his missing daughter, Lauren Dumolo, who was last seen in summer 2020.

Dumolo wants to know what happened to his daughter.

“My daughter just didn’t vanish,” Paul said during the Facebook LIVE.

Lauren disappeared from her Cape Coral home June 19, 2020. Her dad can’t handle not knowing what happened, so he posted a plea on Facebook.

“I want to know what happened to my daughter because there’s enough about it out there,” Paul said. “There’s enough people that know what happened and just for whatever reason.”

Paul Dumolo pointed a finger at CCPD. He said, from his first call to the department, he’s had trouble.

“On Sunday, the twenty-first of 2020, which was Father’s Day, there was a missing persons report put out,” Paul said. “On the twenty-fourth, I flew into Florida. I got in at eleven o’clock at night. Thursday morning, I woke up, call Cape Coral Police Department and was asking who’s on my daughter’s case, and I want to speak to them, and nobody was even assigned to my daughter’s case.”

Dumolo went on to list more problems, including forensics, missing evidence and lack of communication with him and a lack of media attention.

“There was so much time that’s gone by now or that was a huge, huge kick in the *** as far as I’m concerned,” Paul sad.

When we asked CCPD to a response to Paul Dumolo’s claims, a spokesman told us the detective on the case had nothing new to release. He hopes anyone with information, no matter what how big or small, calls the police department.

Lauren’s dad brought up the Gabby Petito case and said every missing persons case deserves the same kind of attention.

“Every human being, I don’t care what your past is, what your present is, what your future might be,” Paul said. “If something happens to you, that case or that person should have the same attention as anybody else’s case.”

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