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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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  • Joy New Orleans, LA

    I received your e-mail and I found this story to be quite chilling. It amazes me that someone can go missing and with all the technology that we have in this country we can't find these individuals or any other missing individuals. I think that Mr. Calkins' police cruiser and his home should have been searched for clues or blood. I believe that we should use every resource that we have to advertise the missing people of this country. I will keep the families of those that are missing in my prayers.

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  • Jothanette Meeks Norfolk, VA

    I need you to call me on this matter. I can't say what i need to say on here.

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  • Jesse Young III Houston, TX

    Hello Tyler, I read yesterday on your facebook page that you were really moved by the missing persons stories of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos. I was immediately shook by the story because we've been living a slightly similar story for the past 13 months via a movie we'r'e producing entitled "Border Break". Project Description: In 2010, Janet Taylor left for Cancun, Mexico with her friends for Spring Break. She's been missing ever since... Being that you are a growing force in the movie industry, this movie is a powerful / natural way to help push your new cause, and get the word out about our film. You can get more information on the movie at: (your feedback is more than welcomed) Many thanks! Jesse Young - Associate Producer

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  • Cheryl North Carolina

    I also watched this episode of Discovery I.D. called Disappeared. I really can't understand why it has been eight years and there is nothing. I am so very proud of you for taking a stand for these families. Its sad that it is 2012 and we still have to deal with these issues. But because of you and what you are doing for these families is such a blessing. I commend you for your efforts. I hope and pray that this will come to and end soon and these families can move on.

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  • Cathie New Jersey

    Tyle- you are doing the right thing. it's so sad that things like this still happen in America. and know one seem to care who it is regardless of race.people don't seem to care. In Cape May, New Jersey there a young boy who was 10yrs old.had disappear they only thing they found was his sneaker just one of them. his mother also never change her phone number or moved. and like the others no one read about it in the paper. Why because it's are family's members and I don't like saying this but are family's aren't well to do, we are just average family and that don't make NEWS. Please keep your crusade going hopeful this will help all of us to get the actions we need regarless of our pay checks and power.

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  • Dana Hoffman Wasilla, Alaska

    I too am outraged! I work for a state office that deals with victims' rights. We are a law firm that actually goes into court and represents victims through the course of a judicial proceeding/case. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that "those things done in darkness" can be brought to light. The light comes from the application of the Word and prayer to situations. Thank God there are now hundreds/thousands of people who will be lifting up the names of these victims and families to the Lord. This mother's prayer for her lost child is a powerful thing. God hears every time she laments his loss. The perpetrator may think he's gotten away with this, but God has it all in control. Sadly, this is not the first story I have heard like this. I am making a commitment to pray for these families until God brings them answers and the peace they need. God bless you for all that you do Tyler.

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  • Frances OHIO

    Tyler what you are doing is amazing!! God knows your heart!! Since you took the time out to do research..God is going send forth his angels and you right direction and information. I am praying for a successful finding and closure for this family!!

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  • Be. Jamaica

    This is so sad...that man needs to come forward and speak the truth and give these families closure and face the consequences of his actions...it cannot be coincidence. Things like this just makes me so upset. God will reveal all in time, I have faith in that.

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  • Jonia Atlanta

    WE ARE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER! Wow, this is one of the best things you have done. I know my daddy is proud of you. The plays and all the stuff you have given to others are great but to do this I know our Father is smiling down on you. I am an only child who lost both my parents to cancer nine days apart and I know our mothers have met in Heaven. They are also extremly proud of your action for these young men. Tyler the word says what profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul. I pray that you continue to keep God first and never get caught up in the stuff, fortune and fame and lose your soul or your passion for Christ. I pray that you never get too hollywood, but that you continue to be a voice and a light for God's Kingdom while in hollywood. Continue to give God the glory as you acknowledge Jesus Christ, and not a higher being. Tyler, I'm just a nobody chosen by God to tell any and everybody what profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul. God does give us the desires of our hearts and to some he gives some of us more than we can even think or imagine. But we are held accountable for the many blessing He blesses us with, we are only blessed to be a blessing. We are His choosen vessels to bless His people. I pray for those who get it twisted and caught up and think it is all about and for them, such unworthy vessels. Ok, I said what He said. Tyler may God continue to bless and use you. Look What Jesus Did (LWJD) Tlyer ~ from homeless and d*** near begging any and everyone to just look and listen to being able to give homes and having almost anyone looking and listening to Tyler. All it took was faith. Wow, thats good, that was Jonia not Jesus, I'm just saying. Favor truly isn't fair. Keep doing what you do! I know our paths will cross soon, real soon until then I will continue to pray for you. Blessed to be a Blessing, Just Jonia

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  • Christy Georgia

    I hate hearing these stories of missing people of all races and genders from all over the world. I could not imagine that being someone from my family! So many questions, and no answers it must be just heartbreaking. I pray that through your voice and putting this story out there, that there will be some kind of answers and attention to these cases very soon! I am looking forward to updates from you and I pray on the National News!

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  • Leslie St Petersburg, Fl

    Good Morning Mr. Perry I live in St Petersburg, Florida near Tampa, Miami etc this has been a on going issue for my people. Even I myself have been pulled over in some areas where blacks are still not welcomed. I have had to turn my cell on and record or call a family or friend for them to just listen to the officer how they speak ask questions like where are you going? is this your car? do you know anyone here? etc. So I like the interest this has brought to you. There are parts in upper Florida that you should make sure that your car does not break down cause "nigga" is still used. We have to hold our ground and pray that God will send change...... Thanks and be blessed

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  • Belinda Nelson Dallas,TX

    I was listening to this story this morning on the raido and I did hear the hurt in the mothers voice. It is so sad how they say justice will be served if so where is the justice in this matter. I pray that God brings closer to both families and I hope that they repoen the cases and take him to trial.

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