State Police announced the discovery of a body in woods off Dahlia Farm Road in Newburgh Wednesday morning and by late afternoon, they had confirmed it was missing Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo.

According to state Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland, the state Medical Examiner’s Office was at the scene shortly after the discovery, but identification was not confirmed until the body was transported to Augusta.

According to State Police Lt. Christopher Coleman following an afternoon news conference at the scene, the body was found “concealed” and after going just far enough to determine it was human remains, investigators stopped and sent the remains to the state Crime Laboratory in Augusta.

Dahlia Farm Road is located in both Waldo and Penobscot counties, and Newburgh is located in Penobscot County, north of Monroe and West Winterport.

McCausland said the discovery came shortly after a search effort had begun Wednesday morning in the continuing investigation into the disappearance and alleged homicide of Perdomo. McCausland said 35 state Game Wardens and searchers began a search effort in the area around 8 a.m. About 90 minutes into the search, Warden Norman Lewis and his K9, 3-year-old black Labrador Clyde, found the body about a half-mile from Dahlia Farm Road, near the Monroe town line.

According to McCausland, the land where the body was found is believed to be owned by relatives of Daniel Porter, who was arrested Feb. 28 on a charge of murder in connection to Perdomo.

Perdomo, a 31-year-old from Orange City, Fla., was initially reported as last being seen in Bangor on Feb. 16, where his rental car was found the next day. On Feb. 22, Bangor police asked for the public’s help in locating Porter and his girlfriend, Cheyanne Nowak, both of Maine. The two were found and questioned in Connecticut the next day.

Porter is due to make his first appearance in court in Belfast Thursday, March 1. He is currently being held in Waldo County Jail.