Garnett Gary Salmon, 40, of Cape Coral, was sentenced to life in prison and designated a Sexual Predator for crimes against a child.
In September, Salmon was found guilty as charged of Engaging in an Act that Constitutes Sexual Battery Upon a Child 12 Years of Age or Older but Younger than 18 Years of Age by Person in Familial or Custodial Authority.
The jury returned the guilty verdict following a two-day trial in Lee County.
The crimes occurred between 2015 and 2017. In 2019, the victim told an adult what happened. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and began an investigation.
The case was brought to the State Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit and a warrant was issued for Salmon’s arrest. An officer with the Cape Coral Police Department located the defendant and took him into custody.
On October 13th, 2021 the Cape Coral Police Department held a joint press conference with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office regarding the discovery of human remains in North Fort Myers. It was believed possible but not confirmed that the remains could possibly be those of Lauren Dumolo, whose missing persons case the Cape Coral Police Department has been investigating since June of 2020.
It was confirmed on October 14th through dental records that the human remains located in North Fort Myers are not those of Lauren Dumolo. That investigation is being conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
“While this is a setback in the quest for closure for Lauren’s family, hope remains that Lauren is out there. We are grateful for the quick response to our plea for dental records at yesterday’s news conference. This new piece of evidence is vital for our ongoing investigation. I spoke with Lauren’s father Paul and he shares in the mix of emotions. While it’s disappointing to not achieve closure, that is balanced with wanting to keep hope alive that Lauren will be found safe.”
~ Cape Coral Police Chief Anthony Sizemore
Lauren’s missing persons case remains an active/open case for the Cape Coral Police Department, and our Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate Lauren’s disappearance. We continue to implore anyone who might have information on Lauren’s case to contact the Cape Coral Police Department at (239) 574-3223. Any tips or information, no matter how seemingly small, could be extremely helpful to Lauren’s case.
Please see below for information on Lauren.
The Cape Coral Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau is asking for the public’s help and for ANY information that might help locate Lauren Dumolo.
Lauren Brittney Dumolo (DOB: 7-14-1990) was last seen on June 19th, 2020 at 4927 Coronado Parkway Apartment #1, and she was reported missing on June 21st. Her purse had been located by a citizen at Four Freedoms Park (4818 Tarpon Court) on June 19th, a place she was known to visit often. Her cell phone was also located in her apartment. Lauren’s status as a missing person was changed to a missing person endangered on June 24th as a result of the investigation.
Lauren was a frequent walker in the area and did not own a car. At the time of her disappearance, she was 29 years old, 5’0’‘ and 110 pounds, with light brown hair (dyed blonde with brown roots) and brown eyes. When she was last seen on June 19th, she was wearing a T-shirt and shorts. She has several tattoos: “Namaste” on her right side, a symbol on her wrist, a “NY” symbol on her pelvis, and rosary beads on her ankle.
Anyone with any information on Lauren’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen her at any point from June 19th on is asked to please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at (239) 574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip at www.capecops.com/tips or https://new.tipsubmit.com/en/create-report/anonymous, send us a message through our social media platforms or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Please reference case number 20-011323.
A vehicle traveling westbound on Tropicana Parkway failed to yield the right of way and pulled out onto Burnt Store Road North directly in front of a dump truck. The T-bone collision resulted in the vehicle spinning several times and ultimately flipping over. Major Crash Investigators responded to the scene. The synopsis of the crash from the Major Crash Investigator is as follows:
VEHICLE 1: 2016 Nissan Rogue, Florida tag, driven by James J Burns, DOB 03/13/1964, of North Fort Myers. Burns suffered life-threatening injuries which were later downgraded to non-life-threatening.
VEHICLE 2: 2001 Western Star FX-4964 dump truck, Florida tag, driven by Eugenio Cardet-Garcia, DOB 09/08/1964, of Cape Coral. Cardet-Garcia suffered no injuries in the crash.
Vehicle 1 was traveling westbound on Tropicana Parkway West in the inside travel lane approaching the intersection of Burnt Store Road North. Vehicle 1 had a stop sign.
Vehicle 2 was traveling northbound on Burnt Store Road North in the outside travel lane approaching the intersection of Tropicana Parkway West. Vehicle 2 did not have a stop sign. Vehicle 1 failed to yield the right of way and pulled out onto Burnt Store Road North directly in front of Vehicle 2.
Vehicle 2 was unable to stop in time and the front bumper of Vehicle 2 struck the left side of Vehicle 1 (T-bone collision). Vehicle 2 began a counterclockwise rotation while being pushed in a northwest direction. Vehicle 1 left the roadway and entered the center grassy median and overturned and came to final rest on its driver side facing southeast. CCFD responded to extract the driver from the vehicle.
The driver of Vehicle 1 suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital as a trauma alert. While at the hospital, medical staff downgraded the driver’s injuries to serious but non-life-threatening. The driver of Vehicle 2 did not sustain any injuries in the crash.
Alcohol/drugs are NOT a factor in this crash. Speed is NOT a factor in this crash. Next-of-kin HAVE BEEN notified.
If you witnessed this traffic crash or have information about this traffic crash, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department by calling 239-574-3223.
As work continues for the SUN Trail improvement project, a road closure is planned for Kismet Parkway West on Thursday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Crews will install new storm drainage from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.
A brief, one-block detour will be in place guiding motorists through the area.
For motorists traveling west on Kismet Parkway: Turn left onto Chiquita Boulevard, then take the first right onto NW 23rd Terrace. At the next street NW 18th Avenue turn right and it returns the motorist to Kismet Parkway.
For motorists traveling east on Kismet Parkway: Take a right on NW 18th Avenue, then take the first left onto NW 23rd Terrace. At the next stop at Chiquita Boulevard turn left and it returns the motorist to Kismet Parkway.
For motorists north or southbound on Chiquita Boulevard: Turn on NW 23rd Terrace, then turn right on 18th and left on to Kismet Parkway.
A man arrested in 2018 after a lengthy fraud investigation by the Cape Coral Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit took a plea deal this week and was sentenced to prison.
Christopher Cheney (W/M, DOB: 3-29-78) pled no contest to one count of Scheme to Defraud (1st degree Felony) and was adjudicated guilty. He received a 21-month prison sentence followed by 10 years probation.
Cheney took somewhere in the amount of $700,000 to build homes through his business Southern Premier Homes, LLC. The complete 2018 press release detailing Cheney’s crime and his arrest can be found here.
Cheney will also be:
Prohibited from application for or hold a contractor’s license, nor work under a “qualifier”
Prohibited from application or appointment as an officer, manager or member of any entity licensed by the State of Florida Department of Corporations.
Prohibited from working in any financially-related field
Prohibited from having signatory authority on any bank accounts, except his own personal account.
Cheney’s case and restitution owed by the numbers:
Total amount of restitution due to the victims: $569,303.09
Total amount for CCPD Cost of Investigation: $4,073.41
Total amount of State Attorney’s Office Cost of Prosecution: $1,327.85
Additional court fees and costs
“This case was a lengthy process from start to finish. I am very pleased with this outcome for the victims, and thanks to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecuting the case.” ~Detective Meghan Hicks, CCPD Financial Crimes Unit