Tyler Perry Offers $100K Reward for Information On Missing Men

Tyler Perry Terrence Williams Felipe Santos

Famed director Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of two Florida men who went missing 10 years ago after separate encounters with a sheriff’s deputy.

Yahoo News reports that Perry joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous at a news conference Thursday in Naples, Florida to offer the reward in hopes of learning what happened to Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos.

Santos and Williams disappeared after separate traffic stops by Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Calkins three months apart in 2003. Calkins was never charged with either man’s disappearance but he was fired in 2004.

During the press conference, Perry said the media was not paying enough attention to missing-person cases involving minorities. Williams was black and Santos was an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

After Perry announced the reward, a man stepped forward and spoke with Perry.

“Wow. I have been praying for an answer for this family and I wasn’t expecting this moment,” Perry said after speaking with the man. “I am beyond overwhelmed by it. And just like this man has come forward, I am sure there are others. You do not have to be afraid. The sheriff here has assured me that he will be safe and anyone else that wants to say anything or speak out about this will be safe.”

The missing cases were profiled on ID Channel’s series Disappeared, and other television programs. Perry said he joined the search for the men after he was confronted by civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton.

“Why aren’t you civil rights leaders dealing with cases of missing people?” Sharpton said Perry asked him. “And he began telling me the story of Terrence Williams, saying if we fight for what’s right, how do we forget about people who just disappeared? And I felt guilty, because he’s right. All of us have not done all we should.”

Watch the episode of Disappeared featuring Terrence Williams below.

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    110 Responses to “Tyler Perry Offers $100K Reward for Information On Missing Men”

    1. 1

      I remember reading about this. Wasn’t the sheriff accused of all kinds of chit?

      Never trust a police officer… :nono:

    2. 2

      I still loathe Tyler Perry… but I think his new pic staring my baby Kim K. goin be good.

      :coffee:

    3. 3
      GAGIRL87 says:

      Thats’ whats up they don’t care when a minority goes missiing. TV ONE did us justice by airing that show “Find Our Missing” b/c these yt folks don’t care :no:

    4. 4
      Trendsetter says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Thats’ whats up they don’t care when a minority goes missiing. TV ONE did us justice by airing that show “Find Our Missing” b/c these yt folks don’t care
      ______________________

      I love that show

    5. 5
      LadieLeo says:

      I can’t even imagine how it feels to have your love one just disappear without a trace.

    6. 6
      goat76 says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Password locks are necessary. Never know if you lose your phone and it get into the wrong hands before you can report it lost or stolen. Don’t always mean you’re hiding something from a s/o.
      _____________________________________________________________________

      @ Goat cool but all I’m saying is I check phones if you start acting suspicious and giving me a reason too :grill:
      ———————————————
      That’s cool but security locks shouldn’t raise concerns necessarily. You’ll get other signs that would be more suspicious.

      I’m dead serious. If I was cheating, it wouldn’t be with a phone I use as my main phone or one that my s/o see’s me with. That phone would never make it in the house.

    7. 7
      iyonah says:

      Things like this story make me want social revolt!

      @Man… I never trust them. In fact I had a run in with them racist arse mofos last night. I was so :mad: and ended up with 4 tickets :cuss:

    8. 8
      luVn_liFe... says:

      WoW . . I hadnt heard about this story.

    9. 9
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Wow. I have been praying for an answer for this family and I wasn’t expecting this moment,” Perry said after speaking with the man. “I am beyond overwhelmed by it. And just like this man has come forward, I am sure there are others. You do not have to be afraid. The sheriff here has assured me that he will be safe and anyone else that wants to say anything or speak out about this will be safe.”
      ~ ~ ~ ~
      I :pray: something comes of this

    10. 10
      sassyshe says:

      @goat locks are usually an indicator that something not right

      its a shame you gotta offer a reward to find missing, presumably dead person in fl

    11. 11
      Gigi26 says:

      Hmmmm….clearly they are dead…if this sheriff was doing crazy things.

    12. 12
      Such A F'n Lady says:

      I can’t watch the missing people shows. They scare the chit outta me and have me paranoid. :nono: Can’t do it.

    13. 13
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      :cry:

    14. 14
      luVn_liFe... says:

      @Such A F’n Lady
      they Scare the Hell Outta me too,but i watch that stuff ALL The time!

    15. 15
      Just Looking Don't Ask Me NOTHING says:

      Staring Kim K
      ____
      Umm Okay

    16. 16
      luVn_liFe... says:

      Just Looking Don’t Ask Me NOTHING says:
      Staring Kim K
      Umm Okay

      ~ ~ ~
      :hahaha:

    17. 17
      Kynedy L says:

      Wow. I hope the families get some type of closure.

      Locks on your phone is pointless if something happens to you and emergency personnel can’t contact your ICE (in case of emergency contact). There are so many bodies that go unidentified for weeks bc the cell phone had a lock and no one close to the person could be contacted. #truestory

    18. 18
      mzwhang90210 says:

      iyonah says:

      Things like this story make me want social revolt!

      @Man… I never trust them. In fact I had a run in with them racist arse mofos last night. I was so and ended up with 4 tickets
      _________________________
      @Iyonah..say wuttttttttt? Details?

      :claps: for Tyler.
      I agree w/above posters. “They” don’t give a dayum when it’s 13 year old Trina missing….but let it be 35 year old Rebecca..and it’s on the news for DAYSSSS.
      Also..yt folks (and others) who commit crimes…STILL can claim it was a “Black” man that did it…and the story is believed right up until the end.
      :cuss:

    19. 19
      Kynedy L says:

      Btw hey y’all. I’ve been reading people all day long so im just now peeping in

    20. 20
      KABYEYOU says:

      he will be on the ID channel in a couple weeks. His Episode going to come on right after the Indian lady who poisoned her husband after he won the lottery

    21. 21
      Bird says:

      :no: Lawd help us all. So why did the sheriff get fired anyway?

    22. 22
      Bird says:

      Man, I just don’t care™ says:

      I still loathe Tyler Perry… but I think his new pic staring my baby Kim K. goin be good.
      ************************

      You still claimin that married by one preggers by another ho? You know she gonna be looking like her mama 5 years after that baby born.

    23. 23
      OutsidetheBox says:

      :no: :(

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      coco creamy says:

      “Why aren’t you civil rights leaders dealing with cases of missing people?” Sharpton said Perry asked him. “And he began telling me the story of Terrence Williams, saying if we fight for what’s right, how do we forget about people who just disappeared? And I felt guilty, because he’s right. All of us have not done all we should.”

      ________________________________________________

      chile Shaprton Aint moving unless Money involved and he can get attention, I just dont see how folks still look up to these men, just Fcking sad any way :coffee: say what you want but Al sharpton I dont like this man character nor Jesse Jackson so that’s My Opinion…

    25. 25
      OutsidetheBox says:

      and ended up with 4 tickets

      __________________

      Were you in the wrong? If not, go to court!

    26. 26
      Gigi26 says:

      chile Shaprton Aint moving unless Money involved and he can get attention, I just dont see how folks still look up to these men, just Fcking sad any way say what you want but Al sharpton I dont like this man character nor Jesse Jackson so that’s My Opinion…
      ——————–
      AGREED. I can’t stand that ultra perm having mo’fuka

    27. 27
      OutsidetheBox says:

      I can’t even imagine how it feels to have your love one just disappear without a trace.
      _______________

      Its hard to describe… :thinking: You just “wonder” for a long time…you never really get to grieve or get any closure… things just stay kinda..static. :(

    28. 28
      OutsidetheBox says:

      but i watch that stuff ALL The time!

      ____________

      Me too. I cant not watch.

    29. 29
      coco creamy says:

      @GiGI we here >>>>> :cheers:

    30. 30
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      Anybody seen that show Breaking Bad? I love that show. Anyway, Sharpton reminds me of the lawyer on the show. I don’t trust no body who talks too fast, too loud or over every half sentence I say.

    31. 31
      Kevin Young says:

      Tyler Perry said;

      ” The sheriff here has assured me that he will be safe and anyone else that wants to say anything or speak out about this will be safe.”

      ——-

      How can the Sheriff assure your safety when the story we’re talking about is a Sheriff killing two men? It was an inside job, you can’t guarantee anybody’s safety.

    32. 32
      GellySammich says:

      I didn’t read the write up but I just knew I was gonna walk in on jokes about Tyler looking for men :no:

    33. 33
      MzTisch says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      but i watch that stuff ALL The time!

      ____________

      Me too. I cant not watch.

      ^^^^^^^^^^^
      I watch as well. It can be disheartening as well as enlightening and informative. I watched Our Missing last night. The first story was about this young girl that went missing from early last year. And the second was about this autistic 15 year old who got away from his father at a hospital and was missing for 36 hours here in Chicago. He ended up 25 miles from where he was at. He was dehydrated when found, but safe.

    34. 34
      ysoserious says:

      Does Tyler want to find them, bewig them, and cast them in his next movie?

    35. 35
      Just Looking Don't Ask Me NOTHING says:

      Hope mystery is solved. That’s all I got :tea:

    36. 36
      Diva says:

      GAGIRL87 says:

      Thats’ whats up they don’t care when a minority goes missiing. TV ONE did us justice by airing that show “Find Our Missing” b/c these yt folks don’t care

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      They don’t….I didn’t hear much coverage on the yound lady that was found dead in the trunk of her car. sad sad sad

    37. 37
      mzwhang90210 says:

      :waves:
      Kynedy

      #random….how come today can’t be Friday..and tommorrow be Thursday?!
      #sillychitIthinkof

    38. 38
      OutsidetheBox says:

      <—loves me some Tyler P. I'll take him. And I wont snoop thru his phone. :eek:

    39. 39
      Diva says:

      Gigi26 says:

      chile Shaprton Aint moving unless Money involved and he can get attention, I just dont see how folks still look up to these men, just Fcking sad any way say what you want but Al sharpton I dont like this man character nor Jesse Jackson so that’s My Opinion…
      ——————–
      AGREED. I can’t stand that ultra perm having mo’fuka

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Shid, he ain’t got nuthin but an ultra perm :rofl:

    40. 40
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      If Nancy Grace can dedicate 80 hours a week to finding little white girls that we already know were killed by her crazy parent(s) then, Kuddos to Tyler for wanting to find some minorities who were killed by the police.

      Idea: These men look gay. Maybe they were not but, they look gay. I am wondering if the Sheriff was doing something with them and then killing them. I know it’s a stretch but, he may have a fetish that he is shame of and was using men for this purpose. Power/Fetish/Murder type ish. I heard these two men are not the only ones who had run ins with the sheriff.

    41. 41
      Gigi26 says:

      Oh about locking phones:

      LADIES these NIGGAS got a new tactic..its called using “GOOGLE PHONE”

      :rofl: Shiiid it ain’t a gat dayum game no mo :no:

    42. 42
      LadyLew says:

      I don’t know where the security lock on the cell convo came up but I always share this story whenever it does. Just an FYI. If you have small children and no house phone be mindful of your locks(or teach em 911 still works). Know a situation where a 5y/o knew her mothers # and kept trying to dial when her daddy had a heart attack and couldn’t dial out. She was stuck in the house wit his dead body for hrs. He was only 31 also.

    43. 43
      mzwhang90210 says:

      BOTH Jessie & Al need to have several seats!
      Did y’all see in that movie “Good Hair”….Al said that James Brown got him into wearin perms?!
      I was :rofl:

    44. 44
      GellySammich says:

      I would snoop. But really that’s cuz he knows Janet :love:

    45. 45

      I still loathe Tyler Perry… but I think his new pic staring my baby Kim K. goin be good.
      ************************

      You still claimin that married by one preggers by another ho? You know she gonna be looking like her mama 5 years after that baby born.
      _____________

      :facepalm:

    46. 46
      Gigi26 says:

      That last pic of the Messican look like a painting..

      He must be Taino or some shyt…got real nice skin n strong facial features :yes:

    47. 47
      KABYEYOU says:

      Gigi26 says:

      Oh about locking phones:

      LADIES these NIGGAS got a new tactic..its called using “GOOGLE PHONE”

      Shiiid it ain’t a gat dayum game no mo

      _____________________________________________________

      its called google voice, and its the best thing in the world

      disclaimer: not saying im a cheater or anything just saying what i hear at the barber shop

    48. 48

      I always wonder who pays Al Sharpton and Jessie JAckson? (other than that MSNBC show) ARe they on somebody’s payroll?

    49. 49
      GAGIRL87 says:

      @ GiGi it’s an app called keep safe that you can hide pictures, emails, texts etc on your phone and or ipad and it looks like a calculator icon in your phone you just enter 4 digits (that you created) on the calculator and the = sign and all your secret stuff will pop up just too much :no:

    50. 50
      Gigi26 says:

      its called google voice, and its the best thing in the world
      ————————-
      Thank ya boo I knew it was somethin with google..my friend met this dude and he sent her this text with a whooole diff no than what she got that night :rofl: I said bish he trying to cover his ass!

    51. 51
      Bella Master says:

      Google Voice is the bestest thing since sliced bread :tea:

    52. 52
      OutsidetheBox says:

      I have a house phone. Also most locked phones have an emergency dial option.

      I was snooping in BDs and messed around and called his cousin and couldnt hang it up. :no:

      Turned on the damn pandora too.. :no: …couldnt find the battery cover/release.. had to turn the whole phone off…why the fukk Droids made like that :lol:

    53. 53
      Bella Master says:

      Heard about an app that takes a picture and sends you an email of the person trying to unlock your phone

      Bastids!

    54. 54
      GAGIRL87 says:

      LadyLew says:

      I don’t know where the security lock on the cell convo came up but I always share this story whenever it does. Just an FYI. If you have small children and no house phone be mindful of your locks(or teach em 911 still works). Know a situation where a 5y/o knew her mothers # and kept trying to dial when her daddy had a heart attack and couldn’t dial out. She was stuck in the house wit his dead body for hrs. He was only 31 also.
      _____________________________________________________________________

      Oh my don’t most phones have emergency dial out thing after so many incorrect pin attempts?

    55. 55
      GellySammich says:

      I think my mama finna make me get a house phone after last night :lol:

    56. 56
      iyonah says:

      On Topic: TP is growing on me too, I never really was here for him or his work. I do think in certain areas the law enforcement personnel really kill “us” all the time, with no repercussions. I do like to see when people like him with the means step in to help with an issue like above. Be it in the private eye or not, they have the resources.

      Ditto on ICE. I have my phone only locked when I go in the house just in case something does happen and someone needs to get to my contacts.

      @mzwhang,OTB – Not in the wrong at all. It was late and I was black with a scarf on…APPARENTLY a reason to pull you over in my town. I was looking for traffic lawyers in the area today. I felt harassed. I am not anti all YT people but I know for fact they seem to get away with murder and callous treatment of minorities. It is really sad.

    57. 57
      OutsidetheBox says:

      an app called keep safe
      _______________________

      :no: But these folks dont have no reason not to trust they peeps. :lol:

    58. 58
      Unshakable says:

      @RIF

      That may not be too far off the mark. Remember Ted Buny and Dahmer? People couldn’t believe the crimes they committed over the years.

    59. 59
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Heard about an app that takes a picture and sends you an email of the person trying to unlock your phone

      _______________

      :shocked: :kona:

    60. 60
      KABYEYOU says:

      google voice can make you a whole new person
      ‘i think tonight i will be Randal the corp exec from detroit” *logs on to google and uploads a detroit phone number*

    61. 61
      iyonah says:

      Did yall read that story about yandy’s boo molesting that girl??? I don’t know if its true, but I knew there was something odd and leery about him off his voice alone, yes I was judging.

    62. 62

      OutsidetheBox—-#nosey@SS!

    63. 63
      OutsidetheBox says:

      I think my mama finna make me get a house phone after last night
      ___________________

      :lol: :yes: My mama the same way. Ayyy they’on play bout them grands. :lol:

    64. 64
      goat76 says:

      My lock has an emergency call button. So you can still dial out.

    65. 65
      Bella Master says:

      @Kabyeyou

      I like that you can create numbers with words, like : 305-784-SLUT

    66. 66
      KABYEYOU says:

      Bella Master says:

      Heard about an app that takes a picture and sends you an email of the person trying to unlock your phone

      Bastids!

      _____________________________________________________

      i need that for my Ipad, Iphone, Mac all dat send that app this way asap

    67. 67
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Not in the wrong at all.
      _______________________

      Oh we going to the halls of justice boo! Chances are they wont even show up!

    68. 68
      LadyLew says:

      @GAGIRL
      Mines can dial emergency when its locked period but she was 5 so all she thought about was call mommy.

    69. 69
      goat76 says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      an app called keep safe
      _______________________

      :no: But these folks dont have no reason not to trust they peeps.
      —————————————
      Security locks on a cell phone should be the least of one’s worries.

    70. 70
      mzwhang90210 says:

      @iyonah ….sorry to read that. But ur right to get a lawyer.
      SMH

      :hahaha: @KABYEYOU

    71. 71
      OutsidetheBox says:

      <—nosey :yes: to a fault. :) Least I own my issues. :huh: LOL

    72. 72

      :rofl: @ Shaun

      Keepsafe..Where I keep my 100+ pics of Dwayne Johnson. :ashamed:

    73. 73
      iyonah says:

      Turned on the damn pandora too.. …couldnt find the battery cover/release.. had to turn the whole phone off…why the fukk Droids made like that

      :rofl: I am guilty of this, when I didn’t know how to operate an iphone, you could tell everything I touched cause it was all running, I couldn’t figure out how to close out of anything at the time.. its funny now, but I was tight when I was in the person’s phone.

    74. 74
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Security locks on a cell phone should be the least of one’s worries.
      _____________________

      What do you mean? I agree there are problems if you feeling some type of way but sometimes ppl are just wrong and its nice/beneficial to find out that you are being wronged!

    75. 75
      KABYEYOU says:

      Bella Master says:

      I like that you can create numbers with words, like : 305-784-SLUT
      _______________________________________________________________

      i try and keep it simple i try and find numbers i can remember while drunk so when the chick be like let me see your phone ring she can call my phone

      o yea chicks have started doing that on us dudes too. “let me see your phone ring” has got me a couple times

      but good ol google voice will have them dialing forever and i wont see it

    76. 76
      goat76 says:

      I got an app that sends messages in Morris Code. Now decipher that.

    77. 77
      Gigi26 says:

      Bella Leave! :rofl:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      its funny now, but I was tight when I was in the person’s phone.
      _____________________________

      I was already hiding out in the laundry room :eek: when that muthafukka went to sanging and ranging at the same damn time :woohoo: <—running round in the laundry room tryna to get it AWF!!! :rofl:

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      Bella Master says:

      Gigi26 says:

      Bella Leave!
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~

      :ashamed:

    80. 80
      Gigi26 says:

      :yes: Kabyeyou :hahaha:

      I always say “My phone dead, I got a Droid”

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      GAGIRL87 says:

      LadyLew says:

      @GAGIRL
      Mines can dial emergency when its locked period but she was 5 so all she thought about was call mommy.

      ___________________________________________________________________

      True that’s just so sad :no:

    82. 82
      goat76 says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Security locks on a cell phone should be the least of one’s worries.
      _____________________

      What do you mean? I agree there are problems if you feeling some type of way but sometimes ppl are just wrong and its nice/beneficial to find out that you are being wronged!
      ———————————–
      I mean, look at all the other ways people have mentioned to communicate with someone without leaving a trail or having a security lock to hide from s/o.

    83. 83
      sassyshe says:

      KABYEYOU says:

      google voice can make you a whole new person
      ‘i think tonight i will be Randal the corp exec from detroit” *logs on to google and uploads a detroit phone number*
      ——————
      google voice and gmail are the new go to for cheaters

    84. 84
      GAGIRL87 says:

      76

      goat76 says:

      I got an app that sends messages in Morris Code. Now decipher that.
      ____________________________________________________________________

      :stop:

    85. 85

      Dayum, all this chit to get a lil side puzzy??

      I miss the good ol days.

    86. 86
      GellySammich says:

      “let me see your phone ring”
      __________
      *stankest face you ever did see* this right here just reeks of desperation :no:

    87. 87
      GAGIRL87 says:

      What do you mean? I agree there are problems if you feeling some type of way but sometimes ppl are just wrong and its nice/beneficial to find out that you are being wronged!
      ____________________________________________________________________

      You caught that too OTB :rofl: I’m out bye ya’ll :hi:

    88. 88
      OutsidetheBox says:

      This dude too pressed on me. But you used to LIVE with my cousin. First cousin. :eyeroll:

      In my inbox tombout imma “miss out on a good thing being young minded.”

      He send me one more and he going l i v e. I mean it :eek:

    89. 89

      :lol: @ Man

      I know i’m out the loop my ass would be caught up. I’m too lazy to apply the effort and to cheap to buy a hoe phone. :rofl;

    90. 90
      KABYEYOU says:

      Gigi26 says:

      Kabyeyou

      I always say “My phone dead, I got a Droid”

      _________________________________________________________

      *writes down* right next to ” man i forgot to pay sprint and you know how quick they cut yo phone off”

    91. 91
      OutsidetheBox says:

      I mean, look at all the other ways people have mentioned to communicate with someone without leaving a trail or having a security lock to hide from s/o.

      ___________________

      *light bulb* Ahhh I see what you are saying…forgive me, some of my hair is blond right now… :yes:

    92. 92
      sassyshe says:

      iyonah says:

      Did yall read that story about yandy’s boo molesting that girl??? I don’t know if its true, but I knew there was something odd and leery about him off his voice alone, yes I was judging.
      ———–
      didnt hear this but not sure i believe it. word is that her neighbors want them out the apt complex and selling stories about them because they dont appreciate that he about that life. 5-0 just did a raid 2 weeks ago and the neighbors dont appreciate the devaluing of their ptoperty

    93. 93
      OutsidetheBox says:

      google voice and gmail are the new go to for cheaters

      ______________

      I see what you and @Goat mean now…but I was thinking about a ninja with not enough smarts for this internet life. :nono:

    94. 94
      OutsidetheBox says:

      @GA! :bye:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      didnt hear this but not sure i believe it.
      ________________________________________

      Well they are going to trial so there must be some shred. I heard the raid was about his drug life tho. :yes:

    96. 96
      sassyshe says:

      so……destinys child getting back together

    97. 97
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Dont font so excited :lol:

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      sassyshe says:

      @outside for those ninja there is the good old delete and empty email, txt and call logs and history

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      KyCakes says:

      Jacked from TampaBay dot com
      ———————————————————————-
      NAPLES – Somewhere along the wide, palm-lined streets just north of Naples, Felipe Santos vanished.

      He disappeared without warning on a Tuesday morning, on his way to work.

      Santos and two of his brothers were driving to a construction job, about 6:30 a.m., when his white Ford struck another car beside the Green Tree Shopping Center.

      Damage was minor. No one was hurt.

      A Collier County deputy arrived at the scene and wrote up Santos for driving without a license, not having insurance and careless driving.

      The deputy put Santos in a patrol car and drove away. Later that day, Santos’ construction foreman contacted the Collier County jail so his brothers could bail him out.

      But Santos wasn’t in the jail. He never had been.

      The deputy would later say he never arrested Santos, that he decided instead to drive him to a Circle K store and let him go.

      That was more than a year ago, on Oct. 14, 2003, and Santos’ family has not seen him since.

      Months later, a lawyer from St. Petersburg named Linda Friedman Ramirez started looking into the case, trying to figure why a grown man with a young family would simply disappear. At a loss, she went to the Internet and typed in the name of the deputy, “Steven Calkins.”

      Instead of finding answers, she stumbled onto a deeper mystery.

      * * *

      Onto Ramirez’s computer popped these words:

      Has anyone seen my son?

      It was a letter to the editor, published in the Naples Daily News.

      The letter came from a woman named Marcia Bugg, who told a sad story. On Jan. 12, 2004, her son Terrance Williams, who was 27, was driving a white Cadillac north of Naples, without a valid driver’s license, insurance or registration.

      A Collier County deputy stopped him.

      “Cpl. Steven Calkins searched him and put him in the back of his vehicle and drove him somewhere!” Bugg wrote.

      “He has not been seen or heard from since.”

      Calkins, now 50, would later say he did not arrest Williams, that he decided instead to drive him to a Circle K convenience store and let him go.

      Just like Santos.

      When Ramirez read the letter on her computer screen and realized that two people had disappeared in the same way, after last contact with the same deputy sheriff, she felt a chill.

      “It was just very, very upsetting.”

      * * *

      Santos’ brother filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Office, and Calkins was quickly cleared of wrongdoing. But when Williams’ mother filed a new complaint last year, the department opened another investigation into Calkins, who had worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 1987. Calkins, a former Illinois farmer, was a veteran road deputy who once received commendations for helping to lift an overturned pickup off a man who was suffocating underneath.

      Calkins laid out his version of his encounter with Williams, but the version seemed to change as investigators asked new questions.

      Officials ultimately reached a firm conclusion: Calkins was lying. He was fired last August.

      Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter acknowledged just before firing Calkins that the combination of two vanished men was “a coincidence in the extreme.”

      But the sheriff also said the two men were wanted by police, either just before their disappearances or just after. “These men may therefore be purposely avoiding being found by law enforcement,” he said.

      He added: “I emphasize that there is no evidence to indicate foul play.”

      No one has been arrested in the disappearances. No bodies have been found. No one contacted by the Times says they have heard from Santos or Williams.

      * * *

      Collier County is a fast-growing swath of southwest Florida. Swamps are giving way to Starbucks in the affluent suburbia north of Naples, on the Gulf Coast. But in farmland to the east, near Immokalee, the Mexican, Guatemalan and Haitian migrants still hand-pick tomatoes and fruit in blistering heat.

      More than a year has passed since Santos and Williams disappeared. Two families are grieving, praying, coping.

      “Every day, I think where is he?” said Santos’ father, Catarino Santos, who is in his mid 50s and was interviewed by telephone from the rural state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico.

      Santos’ daughter Brittany is about to turn 2, but doesn’t know her dad. The girl’s mother, Apolonia Cruz, 19, is raising her in Oaxaca.

      Meanwhile, at an apartment in Naples, Terrance Williams’ mother, Marcia Bugg, wakes at 7 every morning to the beep-beep-beep of two of her son’s watches, which she keeps at her bedside. Then Bugg, 45, rises and goes to work at a local bank.

      “Every morning I read my Bible. When I go to bed I read my Bible, I talk to God and I pray. And that’s how I’m coping when I get too stressed out. I don’t talk. I am so mentally drained, not physically, mentally. And I’m just so tired because this is constantly on my mind.”

      * * *

      At the time he disappeared, Santos was 23. His family in Oaxaca describes him as humble, hard working, a guy who likes basketball and soccer. He was el segundo, the second of five brothers. Santos, an undocumented alien, had spent three years working in Florida farm fields and construction sites and sending money back home.

      On the morning of Oct. 14, 2003, Santos wasn’t feeling well. He talked about staying home from work. Apolonia encouraged him to.

      “I told him it didn’t matter to miss one day,” Cruz said.

      He left for work anyway, but never made it there.

      After the accident near Green Tree Shopping Center, the other driver, Camille Churchill, said the brothers approached her and offered to pay her, saying “No, no police.”

      But Calkins came to the scene, next to a Mobil station. The deputy checked the license tag of the white Ford and found it registered to Santos, who had no driver’s license. Calkins asked for proof of insurance and Santos said he didn’t have any.

      “At that time I placed Felipe under arrest for having no D/L and put him in my back seat,” Calkins wrote in an undated memo.

      But then he changed his mind. “I then decided not to take (Santos) to jail as he was being very polite and cooperative.”

      Calkins said instead of simply leaving Santos behind – making it too easy for him to drive his car away illegally – he drove Santos to a Circle K a mile away.

      “Because the police took him, I was sure he was in jail,” said Santos’ brother Jorge, 27.

      Now back in Mexico, he seeks understanding.

      “If we just knew something, a little information,” he said.

      * * *

      Terrance Williams grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn. He wore dreadlocks and liked to look good; he was so fussy about his appearance he even ironed his T-shirts.

      In Tennessee, he worked construction and had four children, but was not married. He got into some scrapes there. He pleaded guilty in a robbery in 1995, according to court records, and got 11 months, part of which was probation. His mother says he owed child support and spent 55 days in jail after a DUI charge. After that, he decided to fly down to Florida to be near his mother.

      Collier sheriff’s spokeswoman Sheri Mausen says, “On Jan. 14, 2004, Williams was to appear in court in Hamilton County (Tenn.).” If he failed to show up on that child support case, but was found in Hamilton County again, “he would have had to serve 60 days in jail and pay a $5,000 fine,” Mausen said in an e-mail.

      Jan. 14 was two days after Williams’ encounter with Calkins.

      Williams worked at a Pizza Hut in Bonita Springs and shared an apartment with a roommate. But he still spoke almost daily with his mother. They would spend Sundays driving to the mall, browsing at stores and eating dinner at Chili’s, Red Lobster or at home.

      That’s why Bugg was so worried when her son didn’t call on the Monday he disappeared.

      On Tuesday, she checked in with his roommate and struggled to stay in control. “I said okay, . . . we’re not going to panic.”

      But Williams didn’t call Wednesday either, and Bugg’s hopes disappeared with her son. Collapsing, she left work early.

      “I told my husband . . . “He’s not coming back.’ ”

      * * *

      Calkins told investigators he came upon Williams on Jan. 12, 2004, near Naples Memorial Gardens Cemetery, when he saw an older white Cadillac that “appeared to be having some problems.”

      At some point, Calkins got on his cell phone and asked a Cpl. Dave Jolicoeur to run the VIN number of the Cadillac, to confirm who owned it.

      This conversation was taped, and when sheriff’s investigators later reviewed it, they were not amused. The two white men talked in exaggerated black dialect about a car that belonged to an African-American man:

      “What the f— are you doin’?” Calkins asked.

      “What are you doin’ sucka?” Jolicoeur responded.

      “Well, I got a “homie’ Cadillac on the side of the road here, signal 11, signal 52, nobody around,” Calkins said.

      “All right.”

      “The tag comes back to nothin’, it’s a big old white piece of junk Cadillac. . . . I’m towin’ it,” Calkins said.

      “You tow it baby, give me the VIN number.”

      After reading the dispatcher the VIN number, Calkins predicted, “It’s gonna come back to one of the brothers in Fort Myers.”

      Later, after learning there was no registration for the car, Calkins said, “That’s a hell of a deal.”

      “It’s a homes’ car.” Jolicoeur later explained that he and Calkins were using language from the “Dirty Harry” movie Sudden Impact. Jolicoeur admitted to “poor judgment” and said this type of conversation had “just kind of become an ongoing thing with us and, unfortunately, I got caught on tape saying that.”

      * * *

      According to Calkins, Williams asked him “for a ride so he would not lose his job and that it was just up to the Circle K at Wiggins Pass Road.”

      As Calkins later explained, Williams “was very clean cut. That’s one of the reasons I helped him. Outside of his long dreadlocks, I mean he, he seemed to be a very clean young man . . . and very respectful of me and very well-spoken.”

      So, Calkins said, he drove Williams to the Circle K and then let him know his license tag had expired. He did not explain why he didn’t tell Williams about the expired tag earlier. Calkins did not arrest Williams for driving without a valid license.

      Calkins said Williams told him he had a valid registration and receipt in his glove compartment in the Cadillac. So, as Calkins tells it, he left the Circle K, and drove back to the Cadillac alone.

      The glove compartment was empty.

      “Bing, bang, boom. I gave the kid a ride and he duped me, obviously,” Calkins explained. He said he phoned the Circle K and the clerk told him she didn’t know any Terrance.

      Although Calkins’ statement doesn’t indicate it, Williams actually worked at a Pizza Hut about 2 miles further north in Bonita Springs.

      Investigators found a slew of problems with Calkins’ account. Among them:

      He told dispatcher Jolicoeur he was investigating an abandoned car (“signal 11″), even though his later statement indicates Williams was driving it when he stopped him.

      Phone records show Calkins never used his cell phone to call the Circle K, as he had claimed.

      No one at the Circle K remembered getting a call from a deputy that day.

      Calkins later called another dispatcher, gave Williams’ date of birth, and asked for a background check. Calkins said he was alone. But investigators came to strongly doubt his story, because where would he have gotten the date of birth? Not from the car, because it had no registration. Not from Williams, because he wasn’t by the car anymore. Even more troubling, the date of birth that Calkins gave was not Williams’ real birth date, but a false one Williams previously gave out when in trouble.

      “So Terrance would know that date of birth,” Collier Sgt. John Morrisseau said, “but nobody else would.”

      Investigators gave Calkins three lie detector tests. He passed some questions but failed others.

      The polygraph examiner asked: “After you dropped Terrance at the Circle K, did you have any further contact with him?”

      Calkins said no. According to the lie detector test, he failed that question.

      “I might have been a little sloppy, I might have been a little lazy, and for that I’m truly sorry,” Calkins told investigators in a sworn statement on March 30, 2004, that was among his last acts as a Collier County deputy. “But I honestly believe that I have not lied about anything.”

      * * *

      Collier County sheriff’s officials said they have pursued the case aggressively. They interviewed Calkins. They went over his patrol car looking for blood, but found none. They soared over North Naples in helicopters, scanning swampy spots where someone might ditch a body. They check in with the medical examiner’s office when bodies are found.

      “Nobody would like to solve this better than this agency,” said Capt. Jim Williams of the Professional Responsibility Bureau, similar to internal affairs.

      “It won’t be over until they’re found,” said Morrisseau.

      Since the Santos case, the Sheriff’s Office has changed its policies. Deputies on patrol are now required to let dispatchers know any time they are transporting someone in their patrol cars.

      But sometimes people disappear. And sometimes lightning strikes twice.

      Both men had reasons they might not have wanted to see police. Santos was an undocumented alien who spoke limited English, cited for driving without a license. And if Calkins’ story is to be believed, Williams knew he had duped an officer and might face charges. Plus, according to the Sheriff’s Office, he faced the Tennessee child support case.

      Deputies say they know of no obvious motive for Calkins to harm Santos or Williams.

      And Calkins stopped both men on busy streets in broad daylight and “no evidence . . . indicated that they were even having heated exchanges . . . let alone any physical kind of contact,” Williams said.

      Inside Calkins’ personnel file, there is little hint of trouble, but plenty of testimonials. A lieutenant wrote, “I like having heroes on my team,” after Calkins helped give CPR to a 78-year-old man suffering a heart attack in 1997, and a captain said in 1996 that “I am proud to have worked directly with you and I know your performance will always be of high quality.”

      About the only sour note was his explanation in 2000 for refusing to take “Field Force Training.”

      “I need to take care of my family at night. I am 46 years old and have seen enough. I have the nightmares to prove it.”

      * * *

      He opens the front door for a reporter and steps onto the porch of a nicely kept white house with green shutters, in a lush subdivision, not far from the Circle K stores where Santos and Williams disappeared.

      He is tanned and wearing khaki shorts, no shirt, and reading glasses. His graying hair is brushed back, probably longer than the days when he wore a uniform.

      Former Cpl. Steven Calkins says he is married and has three children. He closes the door and the kids are out of earshot.

      “I was just doing my job as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

      Calkins said a road deputy like him sees all kinds of people, all day long, and who can predict what happens afterward. He said he has no idea what became of Santos and Williams.

      “I don’t know if these guys are missing, I don’t know anything about it,” he said. He expressed frustration that no one in the Sheriff’s Office comes by to tell him what is happening. He said he’s sympathetic to the families of Santos and Williams.

      “I hope and pray everyone is fine and they’re all . . . with their families.”

      Calkins said he was a good deputy who did not deserve to be fired.

      For him, the question is why he got kicked out of the department after so many good years. He said it’s not fair. He can’t explain why it all happened.

      “Call it bad luck,” he said. “Call it fate.”

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      KyCakes says:

      Well dayum…that’s a LOT longer than it looked…Sawwy y’all :ashamed:

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      sassyshe says:

      @outside they said his son 15 year old sister was giving him bjs and he was copping feels

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      Diva says:

      Dayum Ky….that long azz post…..summary please and thank you :rofl:

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      JD says:

      This so sad, but they may not be dead. Human Trafficking is some serious ish and it happens all the time. People will kidnap you from regular places like gas stations, mall parking lots, etc. for a quick dollar. The immediately get you addicted to drugs to the point you don’t know who you are or where you came from. They could be in another country somewhere.

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      Gigi26 says:

      He killed all of em Ky..that’s the only thing I can say :no:

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      KyCakes says:

      Some of these damn cops are so shady…I don’t put ANYTHING past ANYONE…

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      KyCakes says:

      @Diva it was just a layout of the suspected Deputy that was last seen in the company of both of these missing young men..

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      Jamillah says:

      There is no telling how many men he killed. He is probably a serial killer. The only reason he is not in jail is because was an officer of the law during the times he killed those men. They wouldn’t have fired him if they believed he was innocent. He is a racist and an evil coward. I hope someone comes forward and that this piece of filth gets what he has coming.

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      MsChocoTe says:

      I don’t care what people say about Al, he is on the scene. Good cause! Good job Tyler

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      Afiya says:

      That cop did this mess, I hope they can corner his azz…creepy lookin’ sucka!!!

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      pointhimout says:

      So NAACP and others are jumping on this case because????? This case is just as important as the case of my family member missing (no one called us…had to conduct our own searches). The ties my family member had to entertainers was like they were the help only cuz even those “friends” didn’t reach out. It irks me when thousands of families endure stuff like this or a situation like Trayvon Martin.

      You’re left scratching your head like “well damn, we went thru this/that too and could barely shed any light or attn on our case.” As others have posted, ‘Find Our Missing’ and organizations like BAM FI (black and missing foundation) out of MD/DC give the families a voice and spread the word when something like this happens.

      I get pissed that someone has to offer a reward. My mom and I were talking one day about how people can witness or be party to crimes and think nothing of it. You can’t come to me and ask me to kill, beat up, rob, etc and think I’m going to be ok with it. I do things based on how I’d want someone to treat or help me. Money shouldn’t be the motivating factor in your decision to reveal information.

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