(NEW YORK) — A body believed to be missing Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo was recovered from a wooded area in Maine on Wednesday, one day after a suspect in his death was arrested.
“The State Medical Examiner’s Office has just arrived at the scene and additional information will be released this afternoon,” a statement released by the Maine Department of Public Safety said.
A news conference is expected to be held by police.
Daniel Porter, 24, and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, are believed to be the last people who saw Perdomo, a husband and father of two who went missing 13 days ago shortly after he traveled in a rental car up the East Coast to visit a friend.
Maine State Police, assisted by Bangor Police, arrested Porter Tuesday at a home in Jackson, Maine, that was rented by Porter’s father, according to a news release by the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Police had been testing evidence removed Saturday from the house in Jackson, believed to be the last place Perdomo was seen, according to the Department of Public Safety.
A friend of Perdomo’s told Orlando, Fla., ABC affiliate WFTV that Perdomo went to Bangor, Maine, to sell prescription pills, and that he’d mentioned someone named “Daniel” previously.
Perdomo’s family told WFTV that the firefighter had never used or sold drugs.
His wife, Tonya, acknowledged that her husband, whose rental car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot Feb. 16, made the 1,600-mile trip from Florida to Maine to visit another woman.
WESH-TV interviewed a woman, only identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting. The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit another friend, and said he would return shortly to take her to dinner, but never came back.
Porter and Nowak, 23, reportedly left town after Perdomo’s disappearance. The couple 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 tracked the couple down at Porter’s mother’s house in Connecticut Friday.
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