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I Am Beyond Outraged By This!

  For the past two days I have had a knot in the pit of my stomach. I was watching a show on Discovery ID called Disappeared. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. What outraged me the most is that in 8 years, not one national news outlet has picked up this story. 8 YEARS and nothing has been done. Wait until you read this!  I did some research, and from the few articles I could find on this matter, here is the summary of one I’d like to share with you.

Still no answers about men last seen with deputy

By JANINE ZEITLIN, Sunday, January 22, 2006 NapelsNews.com

Marcia Roberts is haunted by her only child. She used to watch “Unsolved Mysteries” in her East Naples apartment in hopes of triggering her mind into unlocking what happened to her son. He’s been gone more than two years. And she doesn’t know where he is, or was. If he’s alive or dead. But her answering machine has remained the same since the questions started:“Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered and every secret will be made known, Matthew Chapter 10, verses 26 through 28.“ Terrance Williams has been missing since January the 12th, 2004. The family would like to thank you for your continued prayers and your thoughts and acts of kindness.” And she won’t change it until she finds answers. And she will never stop looking. And she will never stop praying. “My mind just wanders and I wonder if that’s good or not. I pray every night. I know God is tired of me,” she says. And she will never give up.

The night he slipped from her life — Jan. 11, 2004 — Marcia said she picked him up from a Bonita Springs Pizza Hut where he worked as a cook and drove him to a friend’s house. A day later, the last person confirmed to see him alive was a Collier County sheriff’s corporal — the same man last spotted with Felipe Santos, a 23-year-old Mexican laborer just three months before. The corporal said he gave both men rides to Circle K convenience stores in North Naples within four miles of each other.

What happened between Jan. 11 and when Williams ran into Cpl. Steven Calkins, a nearly 17-year Collier Sheriff’s Office veteran on Jan. 12, gnaws at his mother. Times, lies, inconsistencies and a story that doesn’t jibe keep running through Marcia’s head. Three witnesses told Sheriff’s Office investigators they saw Calkins wave over Williams near Naples Memorial Gardens, a North Naples cemetery, between 9 and 10 a.m. Williams was driving a 1983 two-door white Cadillac with an expired plate and registered to someone else. He could have been picked up or cited for six violations, sheriff’s investigators said. Shortly after noon, Calkins said, they met at the cemetery along 111th Avenue North when he spotted Williams having car trouble. Calkins didn’t call in the traffic stop as required. Calkins blames the time discord on confusion and memory problems. Instead of taking him to jail, the corporal said he gave him a ride to a Circle K near Wiggins Pass Road on U.S. 41 because Williams said he was late for work and looked nice and “clean-cut.” Calkins called a friend in dispatch, asking him to run information on an abandoned vehicle, even though he later said he had met Terrance by then.

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Telephone call: 01-12-04/ 1249 PM

Caller: Cpl. Steven Calkins/Dispatcher: Dave Jolicouer.

Dispatcher: “What are you doin’ sucka?”

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

“I’m at the cemetery here at the corner of Vanderbilt and 111th,” Calkins says later in the call.

“Oh yeah, you be doin’ some prayin’? Been prayin’ to the heavenly father?” Jolicouer says.

“Maybe he’s out there in the cemetery. He’ll come back and his car will be towed,” Calkins says.

A half-hour later, Calkins contacted dispatch with Williams’ full name, date of birth and asked the dispatcher to run a search, though Calkins later told investigators he only knew Williams’ first name. Calkins called with a fake birth date Williams had used before and possibly when he got in trouble.“4-1-75. Black/male. (singing)...,” a transcript of Calkins’ call to the dispatcher says.

After much pressure from Marcia to the police department this is another dispatch call.

Dispatch: 1-16-04

“I hate to bother you at home on your day off, but this woman’s been bothering us all day. You towed a car from Vanderbilt and a hundred ... Do you remember it?”

Calkins: “Uhhh, no.”

“Do you remember ... she said it was near the cemetery.”

Calkins: “Cemetery?”

Calkins assures the dispatcher there was no one with the vehicle.

“Uh, well, somebody’s at the cemetery telling the mother that you picked up the driver and he’s been missing since Monday.”

“Oh, for pete’s sake.”

Seven days later, Calkins wrote an incident report. He later told sheriff’s officials he wrote it “to cover his butt.” After dropping off Terrance, Calkins said he returned to the Cadillac and found there wasn’t proper registration in the car. He felt duped so he called Circle K and asked for Terrance from his cell phone. The clerk told him she didn’t know any Terrance, he said. Records showed Calkins never made the call.

More than two weeks after her son vanished, on Jan. 28, Marcia lodged a misconduct complaint against Calkins and an internal investigation ensued. Calkins was fired from the Sheriff’s Office in August 2004. Eight pages in the Sheriff’s Office internal probe outline Calkins’ lies and inconsistencies about what happened. He hasn’t been charged with any criminal wrong doing. An appeal by Calkins cited a report that Williams was seen at an East Naples gas station, though the investigators viewed video and didn’t see Terrance. The appeal was shot down by Sheriff Don Hunter.

Williams owed child support. He has four children — now 13, 11, 5 and 8 — by four different women, his mother said. He spent time in a Tennessee prison in the mid-1990s in connection with an aggravated robbery, a Department of Correction spokeswoman said. Trespassing, DUI and driving on a revoked license were his other offenses.

Maybe he didn’t always make the best choices, but Marcia said her son was trying to shape up and support his children. She said she and her son were too close for him to leave without a good-bye. He gave her away at her October 2002 wedding. And all of his things were just left behind. “They’re going to tell me he just went somewhere,” Marcia said. I’m his mother. His mother knows.”

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Marcia’s crusade for answers is heightened by questions about another missing man. Felipe Santos was last seen by his brothers getting into Calkins’ squad car in October 2003. Calkins said he dropped him at Circle K on Immokalee Road. Marcia discovered the link when the Mexican Consulate in Miami called to tell her about Santos after her son vanished.

Asked during a recent interview with the Daily News to explain, Calkins said: “Coincidence extreme and that’s all it is.” “It was just bad luck. It was bad luck ... I didn’t think anything of it.”

Acute coincidence helped the families tap lawyers for their cases.“The coincidences are so extreme I want to get to the bottom of it,” said Mark Miller, a Fort Pierce civil rights attorney representing Marcia.“Sooner or later, I believe sooner, we’ll find out what happened.”

Linda Ramirez, the St. Petersburg lawyer for the Santos family, said it struck her that Calkins said he took both men and dropped them at a Circle K instead of at the sheriff’s substation or jail.“It would just seem to me you’re not likely to find two people who have gone missing under similar circumstances without there being some kind of connection,” she said.

END OF SUMMARY OF ARTICLE

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This story reminds me of a time when black men were lynched and no one was ever prosecuted for it.  These families deserve answers! They have been trying to get national press on this story for years, to no avail.  I have been on the phone with the FBI, Reverend Sharpton, reporters, the NAACP and anyone else who will listen. This can’t go on in our America anymore.  No matter what your race, this should outrage us all!

I’ll be on the Tom Joyner Show in the morning trying to bring some light and attention to this and help these families.  Also, I’ll be following up with you in the near future to discuss our next plan of action.  Please help me give Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos something that many people don’t think the poor or disenfranchised have… A VOICE!! You’ve helped me do a lot of things, but none as important as this.

Talk to me! Tell me what you think.

If you have any information at all about these cases, please contact the following office:

Tampa FBI Office:

866.838.1153 (24/7)

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  • Annette Ferrara Simi Valley, Ca

    Tyler....I just want to say you are so correct when saying that everyone deserves a voice and if they do not have a voice for themselves then someone must step forward and have a voice for them. The world today would be a much better place if we all looked out for one another. I wish you much success in your "fight" to find the truth; I look forward to hearing that the two cases you have spoken about have been resolved and their friends and family finally have peace of mind.

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  • Tom Hanson Naples, Florida

    Tyler We ran a story today about you wanting answers in this case. Would like to know about your plans to get answers. There is quite a bit of feedback on the story. Would like to talk to you about your plans for answers? Contact me at Tom Hanson

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  • P. Neckles Tucker, GA

    After reading this I looked further into police signals, and signal 11 is "abandoned vehicle" signal 52 is "ASSAULT"; from what you posted from the article the office said signal 11 and signal 52 and no body's around. Then the office said, "I guess he went to the cemetery"! In my personal opinion, I would request the tapes of the cemeteries surveillance to be reviewed and for the entire burial group to be inspected, including the special memorials for urns. If anything else comes up in my assisting investigation, I will post another comment here. Have a blessed evening!!!

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  • sonita gantt calumet city IL

    I remember seeing that ! and i was out raged, this officer had been in other situation like that, and no one at that station act nothing was wrong, you would think someone would had picked up on it.

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  • Carla Greenville, Sc

    Tyler- Just a thought... Has anyone felt that the dispatcher had anything to do with it as well. I feel like that was "code talking" between the 2 police officers. Homie- meaning Black boy. "praying to the Heavenly Father" could mean that he was begging for his life. "Maybe he is out there in the cemetery" means that he is dead. It sounds to me that the dispatcher knew what he was talking about, maybe this is something that has happened before and they were never found out. Has anyone checked this angle?

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    • Suwanee VA and SC #1641743

      Very good point Carla. That sounds plausible. I noticed the same thing when I was reading the story. Suwanee Suwanee at Etsy

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  • Brenda Turner Moncks Corner, SC

    I saw the story about the missing pizza man and the encounter he had with the sheriff. I believe the officer is responsible for his disappearance and I hope and pray that he will be punished for it.

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  • Cathy WV

    I saw this show also and wondered why it had taken so long for it to come on tv. It shouldn't matter what your race is as human being that someone somewhere cares about you should be looked for. I can't imagine what that poor mother is going through, she deserves to know what happened to her son! Thanks God you are in a postion and have such a big heart to go out there and fight for him. God Bless you for all you to. I love your shows as each one has a message to it and a good one.

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  • Toccara

    Mr. Perry, Over the years, a lot of "BAD" things happened in Florida. My mother's brother Raymond Roberts was murdered and they never found out who killed him. My aunt sat in the middle of the floor and literally pulled out all her hair because they were so close and she didn't know how to grieve. Raymond was mowing lawns to help my grandmother out. Raymond was 13 years old and my parents had just gotten married and they moved to CT. Once they got there, my grandmother called my mother and stated she couldn't find Raymond. All they found was the lawnmower. A few weeks later they found his torso. Nothing else and whom ever killed Raymond poured acid on his body. This is so sad and my family has never been the same since. I sent an e-mail to Henry Lee to see if he could put my grandmother's heart at peace and find out what happened to her baby boy that was so handsome and had a life ahead of him, but I received a response that invited me to an event of Henry Lee's which had nothing to do with the case. My grandmother has since passed away and part of me feels like Raymond met her and received her into heaven and part of me feels like she died without knowing who could do such a horrific act. I feel bad for my mom because back then, it was a bad time and African Americans didn't have monies for lawyers and unfortunately we don't have it today. Please help us if you can. By the way, I watch the ID channel too.

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  • Ariana roberts Sydney Australia

    Be their voice Tyler - write their life story and help Bring accountabity, justice and integrity to the forefront. We should never get complacent about such matters. Kia kaha whanau xx (Maori language for be strong family xx)

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  • LINDA DOUGLAS ABILENE KS

    MY HEART GOES out to this lady whose son has been takin from her. I pray she finds out what happened to her son and the other young man that disappeared. Any more the police officers are gettin just as crooked as the crooks. I also beleive especially in this little town of Abilene Ks the judges, n the lawyers are just as crooked. Lord nobody needs to get into trouble anymore for the law is not on no ones side. I sit in the court rooms to listen to different cases goin on and i see for myself how corrupted the judicial system is. Thank you Mr. Tyler for giving the two cases a Voice at least someone has the guts to stand up and ask why.

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  • tina nevling candler nc

    I ask that the Lord send peace to this momma Marcia and Terrance amily, tht justice be done REGARDLESS who is at fault. I pray In Jesus name tht She will get the answers shes needs. and God just wrap his loving arms around this momma and her son.

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    • Elaine Holmes Covert, MI #1654559

      GOD bless u Tyler in trying to be a voice for Felipe and Terrance. Spread the word and eventually someone will hear and take up the fight and carry it to the end with the arrest of the culprit(s) who actually got rid of them. May the two families know that they will get justice and the bad ex-cop will pay for what he did.

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  • Josephine Deut30:16-20 Kampala, Uganda

    Please find courage from this quote by Martin Luther King Jr; " Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live. Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity". My hope is that Williams and Felipe's families will get an answer. May be you can involve all the influential people on your list. We as humans in this day and age cannot waste time being lax where the government policies and systems let us down. May God Jehovah be your light and path; your ultimate GUIDE. Please meditate on Psalm139:5.

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    • paula hayes-cottoy United States #1642791

      My heart aches for these beautiful families. I am originally from Louisiana and i no for a fact racism will never leave that state. I have been living in Brooklyn New York since 7/75 and its the exact same here in New York when dealing with the police officers :( My soul cry out to God daily for justice for all good people. Joseph thank you for your comment, I agree totally.

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