Fla. firefighter Jerry Perdomo vanishes in Maine

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February 24, 2012, 6:19 pm
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(NECN: Marnie Maclean, Bangor, Maine) - Firefighters in Bangor, Maine are headed to a call; it's a profession where the word brotherhood is often used, and, right now, this department is trying to help a fellow firefighter who disappeared in their city.

According to police, 31-year-old Jerry Perdomo, a firefighter and EMT in Seminole County, Fla., came to Maine last week to visit a friend.
          
He was last seen on February 16. The next day, his rental car was found abandoned in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Bangor.
          
On Thursday, Bangor police asked for the public's help to locate a couple from Maine: Daniel Porter and Cheyanne Nowak.

Police say they believed the couple may have had contact with Perdomo shortly before he disappeared.
          
Friday, police announced they had found the couple and talked with them but did not release any other information about the conversation or their connection to the case.
          
Cheyanne Nowak did leave a public posting on her Facebook page asking strangers to stop friending her and said: "I'm sorry your friend is missing. It is a terrible thing. I am so sorry about this. But I can do nothing further."

Two of Jerry Perdomo's fellow firefighters are now headed to Maine and have asked the Bangor Fire Department for help, planning to print flyers and pamphlets and post them around the city in the hopes they can find their colleague and friend.

One of those firefighters described Perdomo as a top-notch firefighter and a family man. His disappearance is baffling people from Florida to Maine.

"It doesn't make sense. A wife and two kids down there...dedicated to his job...the way the fire department found out a phone call he was supposed to be at work on Sunday...it's weird," said John Higgins of the Bangor Fire Department.

Bangor police say they have assigned several detectives to the case and have also asked the state police major crimes unit to help them figure out what happened to Jerry Perdomo.

Tags: florida, Facebook, firefighter, missing, Bangor, Marnie MacLean, EMT, jerry perdomo, main, seminole county, daniel porter, cheyanne nowak, john higgins, bangor fire department
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