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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:53 PM

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Name: Terrance Deon Williams

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Date of Birth: 1976-01-17
Date Missing: 2004-01-11
From City/State: Naples, FL
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 27
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Height: 68 inches
Weight: 160 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (Other): Sandy with dreadlocks.
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Light
Identifying Characteristics: Pierced ears, vertical surgical scar on right shoulder, dark birthmark on right side of abdomen, tattoo of the letter "T" in italics above left chest, tattoo of the letters "ET" in square block style on outer right shoulder, tattoo of the name "Terrance" on left forearm in red ink with blue highlights, front upper right tooth has a gold crown with the letter "T" on it, solid gold cap on tooth to the right of the one with the letter "T."
Clothing: Short sleeve button-up shirt, blue jeans, brown "Timberland" boots.
Jewelry: Diamond earrings, watch with white stones surrounding the face and a silver metal band.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Terrance was last seen in the vicinity of 111th Ave. and Vanderbilt Dr. in Naples, FL. He was possibly sighted later that day at a convenience store in the vicinity of Wiggins Pass and US 41. His vehicle, a white Cadillac, was found on Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in Naples, FL on 1/12/04.
Investigative Agency: Collier County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (800) 780-8477
Investigative Case #: 04-1610
NCIC #: M-093880266


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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:53 PM

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Missing persons advocate attends rally for man who disappeared in 2004

By Ryan Mills

Friday, June 16, 2006

It was late last year when Marcia Bugg’s friend first saw Monica Caison being interviewed on “Larry King Live.”

Caison is the founder and executive director of the North Carolina-based Community United Effort-Center for Missing Persons (CUE), an organization dedicated to working with families and law enforcement to solve missing persons cases.

Bugg’s friend told her about the interview and Bugg said she immediately called to tell Caison the story of her 28-year-old son, Terrance Williams, who has been missing since January 2004.

“I told her my story and she decided to offer help,” Bugg said.

Thursday, at about 8 p.m., Caison stopped in Naples to help Bugg hold a rally to bring public attention back to her son’s case. About 30 people and numerous local media outlets attended the rally at Bethel AME Church on Golden Gate Parkway. Naples is just one of Caison’s stops on a 16-state, eight-day “On the Road to Remember: Missing Person Tour” during which she is highlighting 74 missing persons cases.

“The main focus is to get them more press and to make them headlines again,” Caison explained. “I want somebody in the community who knows something, or someone on the path we’re on, to come forward with information about Terrance.”

Posters of Williams were attached around the building and taped onto car windows. Caison also brought photos, fliers and a CD-ROM of other missing persons being featured on the tour.

“I can’t promise to find your loved one,” Caison said, “but I can promise you’ll get 100 percent of me.”

Williams was last seen with then-Cpl. Steve Calkins of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office near 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive on Jan. 12, 2004. Calkins said he gave Williams a ride to the Circle K store at U.S. 41 and Wiggins Pass Road.

Calkins, a 17-year agency veteran, was fired in September 2004 because Collier Sheriff Don Hunter said he lost faith in the corporal after he gave inconsistent stories about what happened with Williams in an internal sheriff’s probe.

Another missing man, Felipe Santos, last was spotted with Calkins on Oct. 14, 2003.

Neither man has been confirmed dead or alive since they disappeared, Hunter said in January. He said there is no evidence to link Calkins to any wrongdoing involving the two men.

Williams’ story has been featured recently on CNN, FOX News and Court TV.

D.J. Beddow, a local volunteer with the Southwest Florida K9 Search Unit, said she and about nine members of her organization attended the rally to support Bugg. They have been working on the case for about three weeks, Beddow said.

“After a person’s been missing for 30 to 60 days, it slips out of the press and you no longer get the support you need to keep working the case,” Beddow said. “By CUE conducting their missing persons tour, it brings the press back, which may bring a witness forward.”

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office did not have a representative at Thursday night’s event, but spokeswoman Brigid O’Malley said the department is doing as much as possible to solve the case and get it national exposure.

“We do as much as we can possibly do to keep that story alive,” O’Malley said.

Elisa Sterling of Palm Beach County came across the state to attend the rally. Her son, Matthew Sterling, disappeared on Nov. 6 and she, too, started working with Caison after seeing her on “Larry King Live.” Her son recently was found submerged in his truck in a canal, apparently after falling asleep at the wheel, she said.

Sterling said working with Caison’s team was a great experience because they helped her search and gave her suggestions about ways to look for her son.

“It was a wonderful thing when they would show up because we would spend days actually searching,” Sterling said.

Caison said searching for an adult can be more difficult than searching for a child because they tend to get less attention in the media.

“There are groups all over the country that are trying to bring attention to that when an adult goes missing they didn’t just get up and leave,” she said. “These adults are not missing on their own accord.”

Bugg said she will never give up looking for her son. She said the two oldest of his sons are starting to have problems because of their father’s disappearance. Still, she said she has hope.

“As long as I keep up the faith, I know God is going to do what he said he would do by bringing out the truth,” Bugg said.

© 2006 Naples Daily News and NDN Productions. Published in Naples, Florida, USA by the E.W. Scripps Co.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:54 PM

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Rally to focus on men who disappeared in Collier

Originally posted on June 13, 2006

A national cold case organization is holding a rally Thursday night in Golden Gate to draw attention to the unsolved mystery of two men who disappeared after being given rides by the same Collier County sheriff's deputy.

The rally by the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 6471 Golden Gate Parkway.

The rally is part of a national tour to draw awareness to these and similar cases, said organization founder Monica Caison.

Despite investigations by federal, state and local agents and detectives, Felipe Santos, 23, of Immokalee and Terrance Williams, 27, of East Naples, have not been found.

Santos vanished Oct. 14, 2003, after a traffic accident in North Naples.

Williams disappeared Jan. 12, 2004, in North Naples, after his car
broke down.

According to sheriff's records, former Cpl. Steven Henry Calkins, 51, gave a ride to each man to a different North Naples convenience store.

After an internal investigation, Calkins — a 17-year veteran with an exemplary record — was fired for lying about the cases.

Calkins was never charged with any crime in connection with either of the two missing person cases.

Despite a public appeal by authorities as recently as January for any clues in the cases, no new information has surfaced, said Kristin Adams, a spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities, however, haven't given up.

"It is still an active investigation. We'll welcome any help we can get," said Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy.

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CUE hopes to help locate two missing Collier men

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Last updated on: 6/16/2006 12:20:35 AM

COLLIER COUNTY: The last place that Collier resident Terrence Williams was seen alive was at a local convenience store. Since that time, his family has handed out thousands of posters and scoured the area for clues. But now, a national group is joining in on the search.

Pictures are now all anyone has to remember Terrance Williams.

"When you meet him you like him right away," said Williams’ mother Marcia Bugg.

But Williams, who has never met a stranger he didn’t like, has not been seen in more than two years.

"I don't understand how someone disappears off the face of the earth and the last person he was with was a cop," said Bugg.

A Collier County Sheriff’s Corporal says he gave Williams a ride to a convenience store after his car broke down and no one has seen him since that day.

"I want that deputy to tell me exactly what happened that day. Only the deputy knows. The deputy needs to speak up. I wish with my heart he would speak up," said Bugg.

But the corporal remained quiet even though he was also the last person to see Felipe Santos alive in 2003. He claims he dropped Santos off at a convenience store as well and there is no evidence to suggest he did anything wrong in either case.

As Bugg searches for answers, the Community United Effort came into town. CUE is a group that dedicates their time to searching for missing people.

"We're going state to state, city to city and having rallies," said CUE member Monica Caison.

Caison explained that CUE is on the Road to Remember Tour.

"Everyone remembers the high profile cases. We go after cases that aren't high profile," said Caison.

The tour is hitting 16 states in eight days and the group was in Collier County on Thursday night.

They came to Collier to bring attention to Terrance Williams and after a quick hug from his mother, the group prayed for more leads in his case.

"I'm not going to give up. Not going to give up until I find out where my son is," said Bugg.

The Collier corporal who was last seen with Williams and Santos has since been fired for unrelated reasons.

The Road to Remember Tour wraps up over the weekend on Florida’s east coast.

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:54 PM

Mother still grieves for son missing three years

By Ryan Mills (Contact)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Every day for the last three years, Marcia Williams has woken up with a sick feeling in her gut.

She goes to work at a local bank and tries to take care of herself, but the pain still lingers, she said.

It was three years ago this morning that her son, Terrance Williams, vanished after leaving a party at a Bonita Springs home. He was last seen in the area of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive by former Collier County sheriff’s Cpl. Steven Calkins, who has said he gave Terrance Williams a ride to a Circle K store at U.S. 41 and Wiggins Pass Road.

But Terrance Williams, who would be 31 on Jan. 17, never came home, and he never went back to his job at a local Pizza Hut.

“It eats me up,” Marcia Williams said. “There’s not one day that I don’t think about him. I’m constantly, you know, I’m just speechless.

“The feelings that I have are just as fresh as the day he went missing.”

Three witnesses told sheriff’s investigators they saw Calkins wave over Terrance Williams near Naples Memorial Gardens, a North Naples cemetery, sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2004. Terrance Williams was driving a 1983 two-door white Cadillac with an expired plate. The vehicle was registered to someone else.
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 12:54 PM

 [/hr]Family of missing Naples man seeks answers
Silent demonstration marks third anniversary of disappearance


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Thursday, January 11, 2007

The family and friends of Terrance Williams plan a silent demonstration Friday to mark the third anniversary of the disappearance of Terrance Williams, who was last seen alive in the Naples Park area on Jan. 12, 2004. The demonstration will be at 9 a.m. at the corner of Vanderbilt Drive and 111th Avenue North.

According to eyewitnesses, that's the location where Williams was stopped by Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins, who placed Williams in the back of his patrol car and drove off. Williams, believed to be on his way to work at the time of the traffic stop, was never seen again.

Although Calkins says he drove Williams to a Circle K convenience store, surveillance tape from the store fails to corroborate Calkins' story, and employees working at that time did not remember seeing either man. Calkins is no longer employed by the Sheriff's Office.

Another man, Felipe Santos, has been missing for a slightly more than three years. His only link to Williams is that he, like Williams, was last seen alive in the back of Calkins' patrol car.
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Cue Center, "On The Road To Remember Tour 2007" in Naples, Florida


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Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:38 PM

Felipe Santos MySpace page:
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Terrance Williams MySpace page:
http://www.myspace.c...errancewilliams

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Collier sheriff asks public’s help in solving missing men cases

By DENES HUSTY III • dhusty@news-press.com • October 7, 2008

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the cases of two men who went missing after being given rides by a deputy.

Felipe Santos, 23, disappeared Oct. 14, 2003.

Santos was last seen at the Greentree Shopping Center at Airport-Pulling and Immokalee roads.

He is a Hispanic man who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. He lived in Immokalee at the time of his disappearance.

His case is considered to be similar to the case of Terrance Williams, 27, was last seen Jan. 4, 2007, in the area of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive.

Williams is a black man, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds.

He has brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of a "T" above his left chest, a tattoo of "ET" on his right shoulder, and a tattoo of "Terrance" on his left forearm. His left front tooth is solid gold, and his right front tooth has a gold crown with "T " on it.

Santos and Williams are listed as missing on the Collier County Sheriff's Office Web site. Information and photographs can be found there by going to the "We Can Help" pull-down tab and clicking on "Missing Persons." Information can also be found on the National Center for Missing Adults Web site (www.theyaremissed.org).

The one thing both cases have in common is that former sheriff’s Cpl. Steven Henry Calkins gave each man a ride to the locations they were last seen at.

After an internal investigation by the sheriff’s office, Calkins — a 17-year veteran with an exemplary records — was fired for lying about the case, including deception on a lie detector test; for conduct unbecoming an officer by using derogatory language; and for being negligent in not following agency rules and procedures.

Calkins was never charged in the disappearance of the two men.

Both of these men's cases are open investigations, and the investigators encourage anyone who may have information on either Williams or Santos to contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office at
793-9300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 12:09 PM

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Missing answer? Monday marks 5 years since man with Collier deputy disappeared
By RYAN MILLS (Contact)
Originally published 2:02 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2009
Updated 2:02 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2009

NAPLES — It’s been five years since Marcia Williams last spoke with her son.

It’s been half a decade since they last went to a movie together; half a decade since she last took him out to eat. It’s been five years since Terrance Williams last joked with his mother while they were at the mall that he couldn’t be seen with her, lest the other girls think she was his girlfriend.

“You know, some days are good, and some days I just can’t shake it,” Marcia Williams, 49, said. “I can’t shake it for nothing in the world. I can’t let go of it.”

Monday is the five-year anniversary of the day Terrance Williams disappeared -- poof -- vanishing into thin air.

His disappearance, like that of Felipe Santos, who he is regularly paired with in the media, has been difficult on his family, and has been described as a black mark on the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The last person known to have seen both Williams and Santos alive is former Collier County sheriff’s Cpl. Steven Calkins, a 17-year veteran who was later fired after he gave inconsistent stories about what happened to Williams during an internal probe.

People close to both cases have long looked suspiciously at Calkins, who has never been arrested because there is no criminal evidence linking him to either disappearance.

“This is frustrating for the family, but it’s also very frustrating for the Sheriff’s Office because it’s an open case,” sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fox said. “We don’t like to have open cases. ... Especially when one of ours is being looked at as doing this, then it gets really frustrating for us.”

The night before he disappeared, Williams, who would be 33 on Jan. 17, attended a party at a home in Bonita Springs with some of his Pizza Hut co-workers. After leaving the party, Williams was last seen in the area of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive by Calkins, who said he gave Williams a ride to a Circle K store at U.S. 41 North and Wiggins Pass Road.

Three witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. that morning they saw Calkins wave Williams over near the Naples Memorial Gardens, a North Naples cemetery. Williams was driving a white Cadillac with an expired plate.

Although officials said Williams could have been picked up or cited for six violations, Calkins has said that, instead of taking him to jail, he dropped Williams off at the convenience store where Williams regularly bought cigarettes before heading to work.

He was never heard from or seen again.

“He could be alive. He could not be alive. It’s really hard to say,” Fox said. “We don’t have any evidence that he’s not alive, and we don’t have any evidence that he is alive. He’s dropped off the face of the Earth.”

Marcia Williams said there is plenty of evidence that he’s not alive -- the son she used to talk to two or three times a day hasn’t called in five years.

“I know Terrance and they don’t,” she said. “If Terrance was somewhere hiding out, Terrance would get in touch with somebody and say ‘I’m OK.’”

Santos disappeared three months before Terrance Williams. Santos, a 23-year-old Mexican laborer, was involved in a minor traffic crash in North Naples, and Calkins was the responding deputy.

Calkins said he gave Santos a ride to a North Naples convenience store as well.

Marcia Williams is loath to criticize the Sheriff’s Office, the agency she is counting on to find out what happened to her son. Still, she questions the treatment that Calkins has received.

But sheriff’s officials say there is no evidence to link Calkins to any wrongdoing involving either Terrance Williams or Santos.

Fox said that if authorities tried to prosecute him today, the case would go nowhere.

In fact, because Calkins was a Sheriff’s Office employee at the time of the disappearances, Fox said they were able to talk to Calkins more than an average citizen, due to a rule, known as the Garrity Rule, that compels officers to participate in internal investigations.

“If Calkins was the average citizen, if he wasn’t a member of the Sheriff’s Office, he wouldn’t have been questioned as much as he was questioned,” Fox said. “Had he been a normal citizen, we couldn’t have compelled him to talk to us.”

Fox said Terrance Williams’ case is still open and active. Investigators still check to see if he’s been arrested around the country, and two Social Security numbers attached to Williams have been flagged.

But there have been no hits, and there is no evidence that either Social Security number has been used in five years.

“We get phone calls every once in awhile,” Fox said. “Every time we get a phone call we follow up on it and see where it takes us.”

Marcia Williams says all four of Terrance Williams’ children, especially his youngest, 8-year-old son, look like him. They ask questions about their father from time to time, she said.

“It’s a hard thing having to look at these children and not be able to tell these children that I don’t know where your daddy is,” she said.

When calling Marcia Williams’ telephone, callers don’t hear a ring, but a recording briefly describing the disappearance followed by a Bible verse. Marcia Williams said she is confident she will know the truth about her son some day.

“I don’t think it, I know it, because I believe in God,” she said. “I don’t believe in man. I believe in God.”

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:24 AM

Terrance's case is still open.



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Investigative Case #: 04-1610
NCIC #: M-093880266

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 08:40 PM

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Collier County Sheriff's Department Profile for Terrance Williams

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 06:24 PM

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Terrance Williams
Missing since January 11, 2004

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Twenty-seven year old Terrance Williams is trying to make a fresh start in Naples, Florida. He has been working two jobs to cover the child support needs for his kids. So when the young father of four goes missing after an employee work party, his mother immediately suspects that something terrible has happened to her only son.

Unable to get assistance from the police, Terrance's mother petitions her family in Tennessee for help in tracking down her son. Although they don't find Terrance, within days, they are able to locate the young man's Cadillac, which has been sitting in a wrecking company's lot. Knowing he was driving the car without a license or insurance, his family fears Terrance has been arrested.

Terrance's family quickly learns the car was towed from a cemetery the morning after Terrance was last seen at the party. The missing man's mother goes directly to the cemetery to question employees. The story she is told sounds very suspicious. There are several witnesses who saw Terrance getting arrested by the same deputy that called dispatch to have the Cadillac towed. But when family finds no reports of an arrest or booking, they feel something is amiss.

Then, after a complaint is filed against the deputy, an internal affairs investigation unveils disturbing details, which sound eerily similar to the case of another missing man out of North Naples. Is the Collier County Sheriff's Office confronting a coincidence in the extreme? Or are they faced with investigating two missing person's cases, with the suspicion of foul play, where the only person of interest is one of their own?

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 06:26 PM

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NamUs profile for Terrance Deon Williams - Case 4276

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Investigation Discovery Videos: Disappeared: Terrance Williams Never Came Home

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:31 PM

Story Of Missing Chattanoogan To Air Monday

posted January 19, 2012

The Investigation Discovery program will feature Chattanooga native Terrance Williams’ story on Monday at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

It has been scheduled to be shown again on various dates.

He was 27 when he went missing in Naples, Fla., in 2004 just a few days before his birthday. No trace of him has been found.

Read more: http://www.chattanoo...icle_217646.asp

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:59 PM

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New evidence released in missing man's case

Posted: Mar 08, 2012 4:41 PM EST
Updated: Mar 08, 2012 5:39 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, FL -
Terrance Williams has been missing from Collier County since January 2004 when he was last seen with a Collier County Sheriff's deputy. Newly released audio recordings show the deputy lied about being the last person to see the missing man.

In his mind, Jason Gonzalez says he know his roommate is dead, but in his heart he hopes one day he'll see him again.

"Sometimes have dreams about him coming back," said Gonzalez.

It has been eight years since Terrance Williams disappeared.

According to the Collier County Sheriffs Office, the 27-year-old was last seen in January of 2004 by Deputy Steven Calkins.

Calkins said Williams was having car trouble that day, so he pulled him over near a North Naples cemetery and then gave him a ride to a convenience store.

The traffic stop was never called in, but later Calkins had Williams' car towed.

Four days later, when Williams' mother was desperately looking for her missing son, Calkins denied ever seeing him.

Dispatcher: I hate to bother you on your day off but this woman's been calling us all day. You towed a car from Vanderbilt and a hundred, 111th Monday, a Cadillac, do you remember it?

Calkins: Uhh, no.

Dispatcher: Do you remember? She said it was near the cemetery.

Calkins: Cemetery?

Dispatcher: And the people at the cemetery are telling her you put somebody in the back of your vehicle and arrested them and I don't show you arresting anybody.

Calkins: I never arrested nobody.

"Why are you lying unless you have something to hide," said Gonzalez.

During an internal investigation Calkins' stories didn't match up - and he failed a polygraph test.

He was fired from the department.

Another person, Felipe Santos, was reported missing in October 2003. He was also last seen with Calkins.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

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Turning up the heat: Tyler Perry offers $100K for leads in mysterious disappearances

By JACOB CARPENTER, JESSICA LIPSCOMB
Posted January 10, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Leading a group of influential black voices and flanked by sheriff's investigators, entertainment mogul Tyler Perry offered a $100,000 reward Thursday in the cases of two Collier County men who mysteriously disappeared nearly a decade ago.

At a press conference in an East Naples library, with about 200 people in the audience clamoring to get a view, Perry, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous urged the public to help find Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos, two men who were in their 20s when they were last seen nearly a decade ago in North Naples with the same now-fired Collier deputy.

"This is injustice and we have the power to change this," said Perry, who learned about the cases while watching a cable series featuring the men last January. "We have the power to see someone brought to justice."

Perry is offering $25,000 for information that leads to the location of either Williams or Santos, for a possible total of $50,000 if both men are found. Another $50,000 is contingent on a conviction or plea if a person is found responsible for their deaths.

Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk joined the trio in calling for new information about the cases, which remain open and have attracted about 10 fruitless leads in recent years. Perry heralded sheriff's investigators and never criticized the amount of media coverage given to disappearances of minorities, as was mentioned in a press release announcing the event.

Instead, Perry's words were directed more toward former sheriff's Cpl. Steve Calkins, the last person seen with both men and a longtime person of interest. While conceding the evidence against Calkins remains circumstantial, Perry called it "beyond offensive" that a deputy entrusted by the community put two men in his car who later disappeared.

Attempts to reach Calkins in person and on the phone were unsuccessful Thursday. In 2006, he told the Daily News he did nothing wrong, saying it was "very bad luck" that he was the last person to have seen the two men.

About five minutes into the press conference, Perry's comments took a peculiar turn when a man, later identified as Anthony Denson Jr., came forward, started sobbing and received an embrace from Perry and Sharpton.

"In 1997, Officer Calkins and three other deputies chased me on the beach, and they were gonna kill me," Denson, 30, said before being led away by deputies. It's unclear if his statement is related to the case, and Denson declined to speak with a reporter after the press conference.

The Sheriff's Office was unable to confirm any contact with Denson in 1997. He would have been a juvenile protected under the state's public records law.

Williams' mother, Marcia, also pleaded for new information, saying answers are needed for her and her son's four children.

"With everyone's help, we won't give up," Williams said.

Several Santos family members attended the event, declining to comment afterward through a translator.

The cases have baffled investigators, who have followed leads stretching from California to Canada to North Carolina since October 2003, when Santos was first reported missing. The then-23-year-old Mexican national was last spotted with Calkins, who said he arrested Santos for driving without a license and subsequently dropped him off at a Circle K, deciding not to take him to jail.

Three months later, in January 2004, Williams, then 27, disappeared after witnesses saw him getting help with car trouble from Calkins.

Calkins was fired after giving inconsistent statements about the cases and failing part of a polygraph test, but no evidence has been publicly presented that could warrant his arrest. Investigators said they haven't spoken with Calkins since his firing but continue to follow his whereabouts.

"Let's face it, if I knock on the door and the gentleman tells me he doesn't want to speak with me, that's his constitutional right not to speak with me," Collier County sheriff's detective Kevin O'Neill said.

O'Neill, who has been assigned the case since 2006, declined to say whether Calkins still lives in Southwest Florida, only saying he still resides in the state.

Perry's reward offer is believed to be the second largest in county history, only behind the $200,000 offer for information in the 2007 slaying of Homer Hassam at an Immokalee supermarket.

Celebrity involvement has proven successful in a handful of cases, perhaps most notably for the so-called West Memphis Three, a trio accused of killing three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark., in 1993.

Actor Johnny Depp, Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and filmmaker Peter Jackson all publicly advocated for the men's release after becoming convinced of their innocence. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin eventually were released from prison in 2011 after entering plea deals.

"Celebrity support shines a spotlight on a case so that the courts and prosecutors are forced to address the case fairly and evenhandedly because they know the public is watching," said Echols' attorney, Steve Braga.

Celebrities who are able to both raise awareness and contribute funding have even more impact, he added.

"In the West Memphis Three case, both things happened," he said. "The celebrities provided huge funding on their own, and their support also led to increased public funding."

Investigators remain hopeful that technological advances could help break the cases. Capt. Chris Roberts said investigators will be flagged if personal information, such as a Social Security or driver license number, for Williams or Santos are run through databases by other law enforcement agencies. The two men are also entered in DNA databases across the country, with deputies tracking whenever unidentified human remains are found.

Deputies remain hopeful media coverage produces leads. In recent years, coverage of the Williams and Santos cases on the Investigation Discovery channel, MSNBC and CNN have spawned nearly a dozen new leads, investigators said. On Jan. 21, the cases will be featured in a 9 p.m. episode of "Find Our Missing," a program on TV One.

Thursday's event with Perry, Sharpton and Jealous is the first bringing leading voices in the black community to Naples.

"The only way to turn a cold case into a live case," Jealous said, "is turn up the heat."

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