(BANGOR, Maine) — Two Florida firefighters arrived in Maine to try to find their missing friend and colleague, Jerry Perdomo, who vanished 10 days ago after driving the 1,600 miles from Florida to visit a friend.
Jerry Perdomo, 31, husband and father of two, rented a car and made the trek from central Florida to visit a friend in Bangor, Maine. He hasn’t been seen since Feb. 16.
“We’re going to go out there and walk and pound the pavement. The fire department has offered to do anything that we need to, to make sure this a productive effort,” said Lt. Dave Williams, vice president of the Seminole County Professional Firefighters in Florida. “He’s a family man, he always talks and brags about his family, his kids and his wife. He’s always got that glimmer in his eye when he talks about them. So for something like this where he comes up here and just not to be heard from is totally uncharacteristic of him.”
The firefighters are canvassing the woods in the area where Perdomo disappeared, looking for clues. They join Perdomo’s sister and father, who came up to Maine from New York.
“My dad cried really hard last night when it was snowing because he was just praying he was someplace warm and safe,” said Skye Ramos, Perdomo’s sister.
WESH-TV interviewed a woman who was identified as Lisa, who said she was the friend Perdomo was visiting. The woman said Perdomo stepped out the evening he disappeared to visit a friend and said he would return shortly to take her to dinner.
He never did.
The next day, the married father’s rental car was found abandoned in a Walmart parking lot with no signs of foul play.
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