CARROLL PLANTATION — The estranged wife of a local man reported missing along with their two children from their home in this rural Penobscot County town fears that he may harm the young girls or himself.
“Just bring them home. Just bring my babies home, please.”
That was Jodie Perfect’s plea Tuesday to her soon-to-be ex-husband, 44-year-old Peter Per-fect, after he abruptly disap-peared with their daughters, Aleah Perfect, 6, and Amara Perfect, 2. She reported them missing Monday morning after Perfect and his children were last seen at a Lincoln church on Sunday afternoon.
Perfect said Tuesday that she fears Peter might harm her, himself or maybe even the chil-dren. The Penobscot Valley Hospital nurse and emergency medical technician describes their 17-year marriage as “rocky.”
“He threatened to kill myself, or any boyfriends I might have. He said he would kill us all,” Perfect said. “He made that threat the night I served him [with divorce papers] on Aug. 17. I told him it was over on Aug. 10.”
With more than 24 hours elapsed, State Police have is-sued a nationwide alert in their search for Perfect and his children, but have found no specific reasons beyond Jodie Perfect’s statements to fear for their safety.
“We have no concrete information other than he is over-due,” State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland said Tues-day. “We are hoping that either he will see that we are looking for him or someone will tell us that they have seen him.
“We have some indication that he may have been going out of state, to Anchorage, Alaska, or any points in be-tween,” McCausland added. “We are uncertain that he is still in Maine, but we are hoping that he will hear of this.”
Peter Perfect seemed to calm down since making the threats, Jodie said, and they continued to live together after his state-ments, but this new incident has re-ignited her fears.
“I don’t know what he will do,” she said. “He wants to hurt me the biggest way he can.”
Lincoln District Court Judge James MacMichael issued a temporary protective order Monday awarding Jodie tempo-rary full custody of the chil-dren, court officials said Tues-day.
MacMichael’s order bars Peter Perfect, a construction worker, from abusing or threatening to abuse his wife and children; from having di-rectr or indirect contact with the three; from entering the family residence and from pos-sessing a firearm.
Perfect owns a .410-semiautomatic rifle, his wife told the judge. It could not be immediately determined Tuesday whether Perfect had the rifle with him when he left with the children.
Perfect typically leaves for Aroostook County after the weekend for a week of work. He and his children are believed to be traveling in Perfect’s gold and tan 2003 Saturn Ion with Maine license plates 3070 LH.
Perfect or anyone who has seen him or his children or knows anything of their where-abouts should contact State Police at 1-800-432-7381.
“Once we locate him, obvi-ously we can sort things out,” McCausland said.