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.
“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 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.
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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.
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