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Body of missing Fla. firefighter Jerry Perdomo found in Maine

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(CBS/WKMG/AP) BANGOR, Maine - Police say the body of missing Seminole County, Fla. firefighter Jerry Perdomo was found on Wednesday in a wooded area in Maine.

According to CBS affiliate WKMG, Maine State Police said Perdomo's body was found in Newburgh. 

"The State Medical Examiner's Office has just arrived at the scene and additional information will be released this afternoon," according to a statement released by the Maine Department of Public Safety, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Daniel Porter, 24, was arrested Tuesday for the murder of Perdomo, in what police are calling a drug-related killing. Florida firefighter Perdomo had been missing since Feb. 16 after traveling to Maine from Florida to see a friend.

The police affidavit filed in connection with the murder charge says Porter and Perdomo were involved in drugs and had exchanged death threats. Porter was arrested at his home rented by his father in Jackson, a small rural Maine town. He had been identified earlier as a person of interest in the case.

A car Perdomo had rented was found in the parking lot of a Bangor Walmart. Police also seized a car that had been owned by Porter and was left behind a dealership in Oakland, about 70 miles south of Bangor, and a new car bought by Porter and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak. The girlfriend was not charged in the case.

"We believe Porter is the one responsible for Perdomo's death," said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Public Safety Department.

Porter is due to make his initial court appearance Wednesday in Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast, Maine.

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