Maine State Police, assisted by Bangor police, have charged 24-year-old Daniel Porter with murder in connection with the disappearance of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

 

Perdomo, 31, has been missing since Feb. 16. Monday, Feb. 27, police named Porter as a person of interest in Perdomo’s disappearance. According to McCausland, police believe drugs were a factor in Perdomo’s death.

 

“It’s a drug-related homicide,” said McCausland, speaking Tuesday night.

 

Porter was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a home in Jackson rented by Porter’s father, McCausland said, adding in the initial press release that Porter would “eventually” be taken to Waldo County Jail.

 

Jail officials sent out the above booking photo by e-mail just before midnight on Tuesday. The message did not contain any additional information.

 

Police have not yet located Perdomo’s body, McCausland said in remarks made earlier, adding that search efforts are being concentrated in the Jackson area. Whether other locations are searched, he said, depends on any new information found during the investigation.

 

McCausland said Porter is scheduled to make his first appearance in a Waldo County court either Wednesday or Thursday. More details about the case, McCausland said, will likely be included in documents filed in connection with that court appearance.

 

Perdomo was initially reported as last being seen in Bangor on Feb. 16, where his rental car was found the next day. Feb. 22, Bangor police asked for the public’s help in locating Porter and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak. The two were found and questioned in Connecticut the next day.

 

Asked Tuesday night if police believe Nowak had any knowledge of or involvement in the homicide, McCausland said that Porter is the only person who has been charged in connection with the case.