As a clarification to your April 3 article pertaining to the disappearance of Filipe Santos and Terrance Williams and the multi-agency investigation of these missing persons cases, I wish to add the following information.
An important element of these investigations involved the aspect that as sheriff, I invited the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to collaborate with us on these cases. The purpose of my request to these state and federal agencies was twofold.
One, owing to the extra-jurisdictional nature of missing persons cases, especially since Santos is a Mexican national, I believed that both the FDLE and FBI were better positioned to make inquiries into geographical areas that were more difficult for the Sheriff's Office.
Secondly, when it became more apparent that there were gross inconsistencies in then-deputy Sheriff Steve Calkins' testimony, I believed that a review of the cases with an orientation toward possible criminal violations was necessary. Incorporating the federal and state investigative agencies and the chief federal prosecutor for our federal district in this investigative effort was an attempt on my part to perfect any criminal case that might develop.
In the final analysis, however, and to the extent of my information at this time, there has been no information or evidence developed to date that indicates that harm came to Santos or Williams. While I continue to have a concern and share some suspicions about the whereabouts and well-being of all missing persons not yet found, I believe it would be unprofessional and inappropriate for a public agency to speculate on the details of those cases in public unless that would further an investigation. Clearly investigative efforts demand the development of such speculative theories and the testing of those theories by evidence and evidentiary weight, and I can assure the public that such a process was applied in this investigation.
The investigation continues.