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Authorities suspect foul play in the disappearance of Fla. firefighter Jerry Perdomo in Maine

Jerry Perdomo, 31
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(CBS/WKMG/AP) BANGOR, Maine - Authorities in Maine say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Florida firefighter who had traveled to the state to see a friend.

Police say Jerry Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla., drove from Florida to Bangor for the visit. According to CBS affiliate WKMG, he was reported missing Feb. 17, when his rental car was found abandoned in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Bangor police said they reviewed surveillance video and it showed someone getting out of the car that morning and walking away from the store. It is not known who the person in the video was.

Perdomo, a firefighter and emergency medical technician, last had contact with his wife, Tonya, via a text message that he sent her Feb. 16. Perdomo, who has two children - a boy and a girl ages 10 and 3.

Law enforcement officials say 24-year-old Daniel Porter and 25-year-old Cheyanne Nowak may have been the last people to have contact with Perdomo. Authorities searched the home of Porter's father, which may have been the last place the missing firefighter was seen.

Evidence gathered from inside the house will be taken to the State Police crime lab in Augusta for analysis.

According to ABC News, Porter and Nowak reportedly left town shortly after Perdomo disappeared. The couple reportedly bought a used car and abandoned the one they had been driving at the dealership, saying they had to leave town quickly because of an emergency.

Police said the two were found and interviewed in Connecticut last week and are now back in Maine.

The wife of the missing Seminole County firefighter will hold a news conference Monday at their Florida home. Family and friends are now searching snow-covered woods near Bangor for the firefighter, who has been missing for 11 days.

Perdomo was last seen wearing a black zip-up hooded sweat shirt, shorts and black sneakers. He is described as Puerto Rican, 5-foot-11, about 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

  • Crimesider Staff

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