Felipe Santos disappeared Oct. 1, 2003. Terrance Williams went missing months later on Jan. 12, 2004. In both of their disappearances, their last known human contact was with officer Steve Calkins. Despite being the benevolent civil servant that he is, Calkins refuses to cooperate with the investigation of the missing men. He has given conflicting statements and ultimately was fired.
Santos was 23-years-old when he disappeared. He reportedly was involved in a minor crash in North Naples Oct. 14, 2003, while on his way to work. Officer Calkins was dispatched to the scene of the accident. He arrested Santos on suspicion of driving without a license. Santos however, was never booked into any of the county jails. When interrogated about the discrepancy, Calkins told investigators at the sheriff’s office he dropped Santos off at a local Circle K.
On Jan. 12, 2014, Terrance Williams was pulled over by officer Calkins near a cemetery in North Naples according to witnesses. The 27-year-old was suspected of driving with an expired license. He too was arrested by Calkins. Like Santos, Williams was never booked into any of the jails. When questioned about the whereabouts of Williams, Calkins again claimed he dropped the man at a local Circle K. Williams was never seen or heard from again.
Marcia Williams, Terrance Williams’ mother, said the day her son disappeared, she woke up with “this feeling” all over her body and knew something was wrong. She prayed. The next day, she got a call from her son’s roommate asking if she had heard from him. More than 14 years later, she hasn’t stopped praying.
Last known contact for both of these men is Steve Calkins. Despite that, no criminal evidence ties Calkins to the men’s disappearance. The Naples Daily News reports that Calkins was “fired during an internal probe after he became uncooperative in the missing persons investigations and gave conflicting statements.”
According to a Facebook profile purported to belong to Calkins, he is not living in the Fort Myers Beach, Fl area. It lists him as a former deputy at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He’s currently working at Tricknology, Inc.
On Monday, Tyler Perry alongside other civil rights leaders, announced a lawsuit has been filed against the former deputy who last saw the men alive. Perry said that it was inconceivable how two men placed into a deputy’s car end up missing.
“No matter who you are, this has got to bother you,” Perry said.
Perry first got involved in the case in 2013 when he offered $100,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of the missing men. Nothing fruitful materialized and at the press conference Monday, Perry doubled his offer for information.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the missing men, they are asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.