Hollywood star Tyler Perry seeks answers in disappearance of Collier man

Terrance Williams' mother, Marcia Williams, sits in her apartment surrounded by some of her son's possessions, which fill a corner of her dining room. Williams, Roberts' only child, has been missing since Jan. 12, 2004, when he was last seen with Collier County Sheriff's Cpl. Steve Calkins, who was fired after failing a polygraph about Williams' disappearance.

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Terrance Williams' mother, Marcia Williams, sits in her apartment surrounded by some of her son's possessions, which fill a corner of her dining room. Williams, Roberts' only child, has been missing since Jan. 12, 2004, when he was last seen with Collier County Sheriff's Cpl. Steve Calkins, who was fired after failing a polygraph about Williams' disappearance.

The Rev. Al Sharpton speats at a voting rally at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Sharpton's visit was a preview of his scheduled march and rally next month, to raise awareness for the upcoming anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday,' the seminal event that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

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The Rev. Al Sharpton speats at a voting rally at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Sharpton's visit was a preview of his scheduled march and rally next month, to raise awareness for the upcoming anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," the seminal event that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

Terrance Williams' missing poster submitted by family. The 27-year-old black man was 5 foot, 8 inches, and 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Williams was last seen in the vicinity of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive in North Naples. He was possibly sighted later that day at a convenience store in the area of Wiggins Pass and U.S. 41.  Terrance has a 'T' tattoo above his left chest, an 'ET' tattoo on his right shoulder and 'Terrance' tattooed on his left forearm in red with blue highlights.  He has a gold crown with the letter 'T' on his upper right front tooth and his left front tooth is solid gold. He also has a vertical scar on his right shoulder and a dark birthmark on the right side of his abdomen. Terrance was last seen wearing a short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots. He was wearing diamond earrings and a watch with a silver band. The face of the watch is surrounded 
 by white stones. Terrance has been missing since Jan. 12, 2004. If you have information on the whereabouts of Terrance Williams, contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office or Southwest Florida Crimestoppers.

Terrance Williams' missing poster submitted by family. The 27-year-old black man was 5 foot, 8 inches, and 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Williams was last seen in the vicinity of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive in North Naples. He was possibly sighted later that day at a convenience store in the area of Wiggins Pass and U.S. 41. Terrance has a "T" tattoo above his left chest, an "ET" tattoo on his right shoulder and "Terrance" tattooed on his left forearm in red with blue highlights. He has a gold crown with the letter "T" on his upper right front tooth and his left front tooth is solid gold. He also has a vertical scar on his right shoulder and a dark birthmark on the right side of his abdomen. Terrance was last seen wearing a short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and Timberland boots. He was wearing diamond earrings and a watch with a silver band. The face of the watch is surrounded by white stones. Terrance has been missing since Jan. 12, 2004. If you have information on the whereabouts of Terrance Williams, contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office or Southwest Florida Crimestoppers.

Felipe Santos

Felipe Santos

Hollywood star Tyler Perry wants answers about a man who mysteriously disappeared in Collier County eight years ago.

Perry, best known for his Madea movies, appeared with Al Sharpton on MSNBC on Monday to bring attention to Terrance Williams' disappearance. Williams and another man — Felipe Santos — disappeared within months after separate encounters with a Collier County sheriff's deputy. Neither man has been found. The deputy was later fired by the Sheriff's Office but no one has been charged in either case.

"We all should be outraged," Perry said on the MSNBC show PoliticsNation. "This is the kind of stuff that would happen in the '60s and earlier where black people would disappear and just be disregarded and never heard from again. And somebody that knows something about it."

Perry said there are many conflicting stories and he's just trying to help Terrance's mother, Marcia Williams, find some justice.

Perry became interested in Williams' case after seeing a TV show on the Investigation Discovery channel.

"I was just blown away because the last person to see him alive is this deputy, Steven Calkins, from what I understand," said Perry, who says he rarely watches TV because he is so busy. "The story goes on that there was another man, Felipe Santos, who disappeared a few months before Terrance did. The last person to see him alive is the same (deputy)."

He then contacted Marcia Williams to show his support.

"He said, 'I am with you,'" Marcia Williams said.

She referred to Perry and Sharpton as "angels who have been sent by God."

"They might be big stars but they are humans like us and they just want answers," she said.

Marcia Williams said that since the airing of her son's case on the ID channel, the public support has been overwhelming. She said Terrance Williams' Facebook page has been inundated with messages from complete strangers showing their support.

Sharpton said on his MSNBC show that he plans to join Perry and Williams in Naples for a march to bring attention to the case. Marcia Williams said she didn't know of and doesn't have any plans for a march.

Terrance Williams disappeared in January of 2004. He went to a party with co-workers from Pizza Hut. Driving home in his 1983 two-door white Cadillac with an expired plate and not registered to him, Williams, 27, encountered Cpl. Steven Calkins near Naples Memorial Gardens, a North Naples cemetery, according to witnesses and reports.

Calkins said he met Williams at 111th Avenue North where Williams was having car trouble. He said he took Williams to a nearby Circle K and that's the last he saw of him.

Calkins, a 17-year veteran, never called in the traffic stop. He later called a dispatcher asking for information about a "homie Cadillac" found along side the road. The Sheriff's Office fired Calkins in August of 2004 after he gave inconsistent stories about what happened to Williams during an internal probe.

Santos also disappeared after a meeting with the same deputy. In October of 2003, Santos, 23, had a car accident at Immokalee and Airport-Pulling Road. Calkins responded to the scene and originally arrested Santos for not having a driver license. But according to a memo written by Calkins, he didn't take Santos to jail because he was "polite and cooperative." Calkins said instead he dropped Santos off at a Circle K off Immokalee Road.

Collier Sheriff's investigators deem Calkins a person of interest in the disappearance of both men, Sheriff's spokeswoman Michelle Batten said. The Sheriff's Office considers both cases active investigations.

Marcia Williams said she knows Terrance, her only child, is dead. She just wants closure and answers.

"Tell me where my child is and everything will fall into place," Marcia Williams said. "I want justice."

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lucies writes:

My brother got killed by a police officer. I know that not knowing what happened to your loved ones is the worst thing that could happen to anybody. I've decided to create a facebook page dedicated to felipe and terrance!
https://www.facebook.com/Disappearanc...
You can also sign the petition to renew the investigation!Everytime we get a signature, an email is sent to local authorities in charge of this case!
http://www.change.org/petitions/colli...

mstrich62 writes:

It sadly depresses me that no one has taken the initiative to investigate these two issues. It appears to me this officer plays a big picture in these missing men. My theory CPL Steven Calkins states or stated both victims were both dropped off at a Circle K. In the memo/rpt they stated their were some conflicting stories. I think they should start investigating the area around the Circle K or maybe they should take a look around the facility near Naples Memorial Gardens Cementry. I can't beleive this has been going on this long. I really fault the Department/Employer because they have not made any attempt to locate or follow up these two missing men. In this case it could be many others. So they fired this officer but they have not persuade with anything. My heart goes out to the mother & family of these two men.

Fandango writes:

I am insisting that the FBI and the NAACP get involved in this. If this liar had been a civilian he would have been indicted: 1 missing person, maybe. Two? Serial killer. I bet when a thorough investigation is done, they will find tha this man has killed more than just these two. He has already been proven a liar and fired for it. Why didn't the sheriff's office investigate the first disappearance 8 years ago? How about the 2nd incidence? Why did it take Mr. Perry to really open an investigation? Thank God for these Hollywood stars that get involved in these injustices otherwise, the cops would never investigate themselves.

Fandango writes:

Wonder why the sheriff's office fired him instead of launching an investigation? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that his racist remark about a "homie' cadillac could only be made if he was looking at the person, since the car was not registered in Williams' name. Also the story does not say what Williams' mother has done so far in the case of her missing son. Did she file a missing person's report, and if so, what happened with that?

There is something sinister about this deputy and I believe with Tyler Perry's help, this racist is going to be brought to justice. Really hope that these are the only two that have "disappeared" after running into him but I don't think so.

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