BANGOR, Maine — The father and half sister of a Florida man missing since Feb. 16 arrived Friday afternoon at the downtown bus station from New York City. After a stop at the Bangor police station, Jerry Perdomo Sr. and Skye Ramos headed north on Main Street, stopping at every shop they could and asking to put a color poster with a picture of Seminole County, Fla., firefighter Jerry Perdomo in a window. As they headed out of downtown on State Street, they stopped at nearly every utility pole to tape posters.
By 9 p.m. Friday, they had made their way to Applebee’s Restaurant near the intersection of Hogan Road and Stillwater Avenue. A waitress there took them to a table where Perdomo’s fellow firefighters were having supper with members of the Bangor Fire Department.
The snow was not a welcome sight for the elder Perdomo, his daughter said Saturday. He cried Friday night, Ramos told a Bangor Daily News photographer, distraught that the snow would cover up clues.
Assistant Bangor Police Chief Peter Arno said in an email late Saturday that there were no new developments in the case.
Flanked by news media from Bangor and Orlando, Fla., Seminole County firefighters Troy Todak and Dave Williams along with local firefighters Clifford “Kip” O’Brien, John Higgins, Jared Willey and Andy Willigar on Saturday afternoon searched the woods along Kittridge Road opposite the closed landfill. They went 50 to 100 feet off the road looking for signs that Perdomo might have been there.
They found nothing, but searching for their “brother” was important, Todak said.
“I can’t go back to Florida and tell my guys we didn’t look,” he said as the sun began to set.
Williams said they want to get Perdomo’s face before the public.
“Maybe somebody will see a flier and remember seeing him,” he said. “We went out to a truck stop [Dysart’s] to put up a flier and a worker there remembered seeing him in the past few days.”
Williams said the man was not sure exactly when he had seen Perdomo, but knew it was recently. The tip was passed on to police.
Williams said that he and other firefighters knew Perdomo often visited Maine but did not know if there was a particular reason he traveled north or if he spent time with anyone in particular while in the state.
A woman who identified herself only as “Lisa” told a Florida television reporter in town to cover the search for the missing firefighter that Jerry Perdomo had been coming to Maine once a month for the past 10 months to visit her.
The woman approached a news crew from WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando covering the story, in Bangor on Thursday. “Lisa” said Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla., had been staying with her up until the night he disappeared, Feb. 16, according to a story posted on the television station’s website.
Williams said Saturday that he had not heard Perdomo mention a woman named Lisa.
She told the television crew that she did not know Perdomo was married until recently. Perdomo’s wife, Tonya Perdomo, reported him missing to the Bangor Police Department when she did not hear from him, according to WESH.
Bangor police have confirmed that Tonya Perdomo arrived Monday in Bangor. She has returned home, Williams said Saturday.
The couple’s two children, a boy, 10, and a girl, 3, are staying with grandparents, according to WKMG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Orlando. Tonya Perdomo is a teacher at Deltona High School in Deltona, Fla., and has been on a leave of absence since her husband’s disappearance, according to WKMG.
Bangor police said Friday that they had interviewed the couple they believe were the last people to have contact with a missing Florida firefighter but released no details about what the Mainers told them.
“As a result of the assistance provided by the public following yesterday’s press release, we have located Daniel Porter and Cheyanne Nowak and have been able to interview them regarding the Jerry Perdomo missing persons investigation,” Bangor police Deputy Chief Peter Arno said in a statement Friday. “This investigation is continuing and we have no further information to provide at this time.”
Arno thanked the public for its assistance in locating the couple. He declined to answer questions about where Porter and Nowak were found and whether they contacted police.
Perdomo, a former Marine, is described as a 200-pound Puerto Rican male, 5 feet 11 inches tall with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, fatigue shorts and black sneakers.
Messages left for Nowak and Porter on their Facebook pages by the Bangor Daily News have not been returned.
Those with information about Perdomo’s whereabouts are asked to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing ext. 6.