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Wednesday
Feb292012

Missing Florida Firefighter: Suspect Charged with Murder

Comstock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Maine) -- The man identified as a person interest in the disappearance of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday, Maine State Police said.

Daniel Porter, 24, and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, are believed to be the last people who saw Perdomo, a husband and father of two who went missing 13 days ago shortly after he traveled in a rental car up the East Coast to visit a friend.

Maine State Police, assisted by Bangor Police, arrested Porter on Tuesday at a home in Jackson, Maine, that was rented by Porter's father, according to a news release by the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police had been testing evidence removed Saturday from the house, believed to be the last place Perdomo was seen, according to the Department of Public Safety.

"The work being done at the lab will hopefully give us some of the answers to our questions," Christopher Coleman of the Maine State Police said.  "At this point, we remain hopeful, but as days go on, we have to be realistic.  We do suspect foul play was involved."

A friend of Perdomo's told Orlando, Fla., ABC affiliate WFTV that Perdomo went to Bangor, Maine, to sell prescription pills, and that he'd mentioned someone named "Daniel" previously.

Perdomo's family told WFTV the firefighter has never used or sold drugs.  His wife, Tonya Perdomo, is pleading for her husband's safe return.

"I love him.  He is my only love, he is my only love," she said at a news conference Monday.  "I just want to talk to him.  I just feel like I need to talk to him. I do."

Tonya Perdomo acknowledged that her husband, whose rental car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot on Feb. 16, made the 1,600-mile trip from Florida to Maine to visit another woman.

"I knew that he had a friend, but he has female friends.  I can't comment on the extent of their relationship because I don't know," she said.  "My understanding is that he was going to help someone.  It would not have been unusual for him to go and help someone because that's what he always did."

WESH-TV interviewed a woman, only identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting.  The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit another friend, and said he would return shortly to take her to dinner, but never came back.

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Tuesday
Feb282012

Missing Florida Firefighter: Person of Interest Named

Comstock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Maine) -- Police in Maine who say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo have named Daniel Porter a person of interest.

Porter, 24, and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, are believed to be the last people who saw Perdomo, a husband and father of two who went missing 12 days ago shortly after he traveled in a rental car up the East Coast to visit a friend.

Police are now testing evidence removed Saturday from the Jackson, Maine house where Porter's father lives, and is believed to be the last place Perdomo was seen, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

"The work being done at the lab will hopefully give us some of the answers to our questions," Christopher Coleman of the Maine state police said.  "At this point we remain hopeful, but as days go on, we have to be realistic.  We do suspect foul play was involved."

A friend of Perdomo's told ABC news affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Fla. that Perdomo went to Bangor, Maine to sell prescription pills, and that he'd mentioned someone named "Daniel" previously.

Perdomo's family told WFTV that he has never used or sold drugs.  His wife, Tonya Perdomo, is pleading for her husband's safe return.

"I love him.  He is my only love, he is my only love," she said in a news conference Monday.  "I just want to talk to him, I just feel like I need to talk to him.  I do."

Tonya Perdomo acknowledged that her husband, whose rental car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot on Feb. 16, made the 1,600 mile trek from Florida to Maine to visit another woman.

"I knew that he had a friend, but he has female friends.  I can't comment on the extent of their relationship because I don't know," she said.  "My understanding is that he was going to help someone.  It would not have been unusual for him to go and help someone because that's what he always did."

WESH-TV interviewed a woman who was only identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting.  The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit another friend, and had said he would return shortly to take her to dinner, but never came back.

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Monday
Feb272012

Police Suspect Foul Play in Case of Missing Florida Firefighter

Comstock/Thinkstock(BANGOR, Maine) -- Foul play is suspected in the case of a Florida firefighter who vanished 11 days ago after driving 1,600 miles from Florida to visit a friend, state police say.

Jerry Perdomo, a 31-year-old husband and father of two, rented a car and made the trek from central Florida to visit a friend in Bangor, Maine.  He hasn’t been seen since Feb. 16.

Police searched a home in Jackson, Maine, this weekend, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.  The home is believed to be the last place Perdomo was seen.  Evidence gathered from inside the house will be taken to the state police crime lab in Augusta for analysis.

The home is owned by the father of Daniel Porter, who police believe had contact with Perdomo prior to his disappearance.

WESH-TV interviewed a woman who was identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting.  The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit a friend and said he would return shortly to take her to dinner.  He never did.

The next day, Perdomo’s rental car was found abandoned in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Police tracked down and questioned Porter, 24, and Cheyanne Nowak, 23, at Porter’s mother’s house in Connecticut on Friday.  The couple had left their car, bought a used one and left Maine, leaving their families perplexed.

Nowak also posted a cryptic message on her Facebook page: “I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sorry your friend is missing. It is a terrible thing. I am so sorry about this. But I can do nothing further. Night.”

The couple has now returned to Maine, according to McCausland.

State police have impounded three vehicles in connection with the disappearance: Perdomo’s rental car, a car left behind at an Oakland car dealer by the couple after another vehicle had been purchased there, and a vehicle owned by Porter, according to McCausland.

Police also searched a dumpster near the Wal-Mart where Perdomo’s car was found, McCausland said.

Meanwhile, Perdomo’s fellow Florida firefighters aren’t giving up.  Two arrived in Maine to try to find their missing friend and colleague.

“We’re going to go out there and walk and pound the pavement.  The fire department has offered to do anything that we need to, to make sure this a productive effort,” said Lt. Dave Williams, vice president of the Seminole County Professional Firefighters in Florida.

The firefighters are canvassing the woods in the area where Perdomo disappeared, looking for clues.  They join Perdomo’s sister and father, who came up to Maine from New York.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Florida Firefighters Go to Maine to Find Missing Colleague

Comstock/Thinkstock(BANGOR, Maine) -- Two Florida firefighters arrived in Maine to try to find their missing friend and colleague, Jerry Perdomo, who vanished 10 days ago after driving the 1,600 miles from Florida to visit a friend.

Jerry Perdomo, 31, husband and father of two, rented a car and made the trek from central Florida to visit a friend in Bangor, Maine. He hasn’t been seen since Feb. 16.

“We’re going to go out there and walk and pound the pavement. The fire department has offered to do anything that we need to, to make sure this a productive effort,” said Lt. Dave Williams, vice president of the Seminole County Professional Firefighters in Florida. “He’s a family man, he always talks and brags about his family, his kids and his wife. He’s always got that glimmer in his eye when he talks about them. So for something like this where he comes up here and just not to be heard from is totally uncharacteristic of him.”

The firefighters are canvassing the woods in the area where Perdomo disappeared, looking for clues. They join Perdomo’s sister and father, who came up to Maine from New York.

“My dad cried really hard last night when it was snowing because he was just praying he was someplace warm and safe,” said Skye Ramos, Perdomo’s sister.

WESH-TV interviewed a woman who was identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting. The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit a friend and said he would return shortly to take her to dinner.

He never did.

The next day, the married father’s rental car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot with no signs of foul play.

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