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Private investigator weighs in on missing Cape Coral woman

Posted at 7:11 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 19:11:10-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers say they haven’t gotten many tips in the case of missing woman, Lauren Dumolo.

Dumolo, 29, was last seen June 19th. Earlier this week community members searched for her around Four Freedoms Park, about half a mile away from her home where she was last seen.

Her purse was found at the park the day she went missing and her cellphone located in her apartment. But, it wasn’t until last week when her sister found a shirt that belongs to her in the sand at four freedoms. A strange twist in this case according to private investigator Walt Zalisko.

“That area was thoroughly searched days before. And the shirt just turns up right there on the sand?” he said perplexed.

Zalisko isn't investigating this case, but he questions whether or not her shirt was planted at the park, and the crime scene is actually somewhere else.

“Let’s say there is a suspect in this case, and he wants to throw police off their investigation. He may have come back and put that shirt there,” he said.

Planted or not, Zalisko says the detectives on this case have a lot to work with.

“They have to look at the shirt to see if there was any tears? Was it forcefully removed from her?” He said.

Cape Coral Police Department says divers have searched for Dumolo in the water near the park, not yielding much more evidence. Trish Routte with Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers says they haven’t received a lot of tips on her disappearance either.

“But that doesn’t mean that the information’s not out there. Because it absolutely is,” said Routte.

Someone from Marco Island has donated an extra $5,000 to help find Dumolo, bringing the SWFL Crime Stoppers reward to up to $8,000.

“If you’ve seen her, if you’ve heard from her, if you know anything about what could’ve happened to Lauren, we absolutely, positively need to hear from you now,” said Routte.

The next community search for Dumolo is scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on Coronado Parkway in Cape Coral.