Wife of missing firefighter: I'm still hopeful

Daniel Porter named person of interest

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - Authorities in Bangor, Maine, have named a person of interest in the case of a missing Central Florida firefighter, whose wife spoke publicly about her husband for the first time.

Jerry Perdomo, a 31-year-old Seminole County firefighter, was reported missing Feb. 19 after driving from Florida to Maine. 

His wife, Tonya, on Monday said she was still hopeful to find her husband and that she was desperate for him to come home.

"I'm devastated, I hope that he's coming home," Tonya Perdomo said. "I just want him to come home."

Tonya Perdomo said she last spoke to her husband, a father of two and a former Marine, on the phone Feb. 16.  She said the phone reception was poor, but they had a normal conversation.

"He told me he loved me, and then I didn't hear from him," she said.

She said she reported him missing after she didn't hear from him for two days.

Tonya Perdomo denied the possibility of her husband having an affair and said she didn't believe reports that he could be selling prescription drugs.

"I don't believe that. I don't believe that," she said. "Because that's not him."

She also said he wasn't on any medication related to post traumatic stress disorder and felt that his war experiences in the military would help him if he was in trouble.

Tonya Perdomo said her husband was a man of character would help anyone in need.

"I just want you to know he's a family man," Tonya Perdomo said. "He's got two kids he loves and me.  He's got a job he loves, an extended family that he loves."

Tonya Perdomo said she tried looking for any clues of her husband when she recently traveled to Maine.

"The hardest part was I felt like I needed to look for him, and I did look for him.  I drove around and looked for him," she said. "I'm in denial that he's not coming home."

Her understanding was that her husband was going to Maine to help a friend move, but she offered no other details.

"My understanding is that he was going to help someone, help a friend.  That's the kind of person he is," she said. "He helps everyone."

She didn't say how often he went to Maine or if he frequently rented cars to drive up there.

Meanwhile, Bangor police have named Daniel Porter as a person of interest in the case.  He's believed to be one of the last people to see Perdomo.

Authorities said on Sunday that they suspect foul play in Perdomo's disappearance. They also searched a Jackson, Maine, home that's believed to be the last place Perdomo was seen.

The home is owned by the father of Porter. Police said Porter, 24, and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, 25, may have been the last people to see Perdomo. The two were found and interviewed in Connecticut last week and are now back in Maine.

Tonya Perdomo said at the news conference she didn't know anything about Porter or Nowak.

Perdomo's rental car was found abandoned in a Bangor Walmart parking lot on Feb. 17. Bangor police said they reviewed surveillance video and it showed someone getting out of the car that morning and walking away from the store.  It's not known, however, who the person was.

Police have impounded three vehicles in connection to Perdomo's disappearance.

Perdomo, a firefighter and emergency medical technician at Seminole County Fire Department Station 41 in Sanford.  Perdomo has two children -- a boy and a girl ages 10 and 3.

Perdomo's friend and coworker, Lt. David Williams, returned home from Maine on Monday. He helped search for Perdomo last week.

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