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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:55 PM

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Name: Felipe Santos

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Date of Birth: 1980-05-26
Date Missing: 2003-10-01
From City/State: Naples, FL
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 24
Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic
Height: 67 inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Hair Color: Black
Hair (Other): Ponytail in back.
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Medium

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Felipe was last seen after he was dropped off at a gas station in the vicinity of the 10900 block of Winterview Dr. in Naples, FL.

Investigative Agency: Collier County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (239) 793-9300
Investigative Case #: 03-33117
NCIC #: M-853625691

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:56 PM


Felipe Santos

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: October 1, 2003 from Naples, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 1, 1979
Age: 24 years old
Height and Weight: 5'7, 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes. Santos wore his hair in a ponytail at the time of his disappearance. He is a Mexican citizen and speaks limited English. Some agencies give his date of birth as May 26, 1980.

Details of Disappearance

Santos was last seen in Naples, Florida on October 1, 2003. He was driving to work with two of his brothers when, at 6:30 a.m., his white 1988 Ford hit another vehicle near the Green Tree Shopping Center at Airport-Pulling Road and Immokalee Road. No one was hurt in the accident and damage to the cars was minor. A Collier County sheriff's deputy, Corporal Steven Henry Calkins, arrived at the scene and cited Santos for reckless driving and for driving without a license or insurance. He then put Santos in the patrol car and drove away.

Later that day, Santos's boss contacted the local jail to bail him out and found out he had never been booked. When questioned, Calkins said he had changed his mind about taking Santos to jail and had instead given him a ride to a Circle K convenience store about a mile away from the site of the accident. He last saw him walking towards the pay phones. Santos has never been heard from again. After his disappearance, his brother filed a complaint against Calkins with the sheriff's office, but Calkins was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing.

Oddly, Calkins was also the last person to see Terrance Williams, who disappeared in January 2004, a month after Calkins was exonerated in the Santos case. Calkins says he dropped Williams off at a Circle K convenience store in Naples. Williams remains missing. His parents filed another complaint against Calkins after their son's disappearance and the deputy was subsequently fired by the police department. An internal investigation found that he had lied about the Williams case and violated agency policy.

Calkins, a seventeen-year veteran of the police department, had a clean record prior to this. He appealed the ruling, but it was upheld and his dismissal stood. He has not been charged in the disappearances of Williams or Santos and maintains his innocence in both cases, stating that both men had reasons of their own to walk away and he himself was being treated as a "scapegoat" by the department.

Santos is a Mexican national and was in the United States illegally at the time of his disappearance. He had been living there for three years and was employed as a concrete/masonry worker at the time he vanished, sending money back to his family in Mexico. His wife and young daughter live in Oaxaca, Mexico, as does his father. In November 2003, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court for a hearing regarding the accident he was in the day he vanished.

No evidence of foul play has been uncovered in Santos's case, and investigators believe he may simply be lying low to avoid being arrested, but the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unclear. Checks of United States consulate offices and Mexican passport offices have turned up no indications as to his whereabouts. Santos resided in the 100 block of south 6th Street in Immokalee, Florida at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.

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Source Information
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The St. Petersburg Times Online
Collier County Sheriff's Office
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Naples Daily News

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:56 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 19 May 2007 - 10:56 PM


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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Posted 19 May 2007 - 10:57 PM


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 19 May 2007 - 10:57 PM

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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Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:39 PM

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 08:07 AM


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 14 March 2010 - 05:28 PM

Felipe is still missing.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:00 PM


New evidence released in missing man's case

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

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


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

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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