FL FELIPE SANTOS: Missing from Naples, FL - 14 Oct 2003 - Age 23


Felipe Santos was last seen being put into the backseat of Corporal Steven Henry Calkins patrol car in Naples, FL on Oct 14, 2003. He has never been heard from again.

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Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos went missing in 2004 and 2003, respectively, under similar circumstances in Naples, Florida. Both men were last seen being arrested by Steve Calkins, then a deputy in the Collier County Sheriff's Department, for driving without a license. Calkins claims he changed his mind about both arrests and last saw the men after he dropped them at Circle K convenience stores.

On September 4, 2018, actor Tyler Perry offered a $200,000 reward for any information leading to the location of the men or an arrest in the case. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Ben Jealous of the NAACP also joined Perry in raising awareness of the case.The disappearances were covered by multiple television shows, such as the ID series Disappeared.

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Details of Disappearance
Santos was last seen in Naples, Florida on October 1, 2003. He was driving to work with two of his brothers when, at 6:30 a.m., his white 1988 Ford hit another vehicle near the Green Tree Shopping Center at Airport-Pulling Road and Immokalee Road.

No one was hurt in the accident and damage to the cars was minor. A Collier County sheriff's deputy, Corporal Steven Henry Calkins, arrived at the scene and cited Santos for reckless driving and for driving without a license or insurance. He then put Santos in the patrol car and drove away.

Later that day, Santos's boss contacted the local jail to bail him out and found out he had never been booked. When questioned, Calkins said he had changed his mind about taking Santos to jail and had instead given him a ride to a Circle K convenience store about a mile away from the site of the accident. He last saw him walking towards the pay phones.

Santos has never been heard from again. After his disappearance, his brother filed a complaint against Calkins with the sheriff's office, but Calkins was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing.

Oddly, Calkins was also the last person to see Terrance Williams, who disappeared in January 2004, a month after Calkins was exonerated in the Santos case. Calkins says he dropped Williams off at a Circle K convenience store in Naples.

Williams remains missing. His parents filed another complaint against Calkins after their son's disappearance and the deputy was subsequently fired by the police department. An internal investigation found that he had lied about the Williams case and violated agency policy.

Calkins, a seventeen-year veteran of the police department, had a clean record prior to this incident. He appealed the ruling, but it was upheld and his dismissal stood.

He has not been charged in the disappearances of Williams or Santos and maintains his innocence in both cases, stating that both men had reasons of their own to walk away and he himself was being treated as a scapegoat by the police department. He took three polygraph tests about the Williams and Santos cases, and one of the tests showed evidence of deception.

Santos is a Mexican national and was in the United States illegally at the time of his disappearance. He had been living there for three years and was employed as a concrete/masonry worker at the time he vanished, sending money back to his family in Mexico. His wife and young daughter live in Oaxaca, Mexico, as does his father.

Terrence Williams/Felipe Santos Investigations

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Terrence Williams Felipe Santos

Terrence Williams and Felipe Santos are considered missing and endangered. Both men were last seen in the company of now-fired CCSO deputy Steve Calkins.

Williams was 27 when he encountered Calkins in the area of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive in North Naples on Jan. 12, 2004.

Williams is described as black, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has several tattoos: a “T” above his left chest, “ET” on his right shoulder, and “Terrance” in red with blue highlights on his left forearm. He has a gold crown with the letter "T" on the upper right tooth and the other upper 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.

He was last seen wearing a short-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and brown Timberland boots. He was wearing diamond earrings and a watch with a silver band. The face of the watch was surrounded by white stones. At the time he disappeared he owned a 1984 white Cadillac.

Santos was 23 when he disappeared on Oct. 14, 2003. He was last seen with Calkins at the Greentree Shopping Center at the intersection of Airport-Pulling and Immokalee roads in North Naples. He is a Hispanic man who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. He lived in Immokalee at the time of his disappearance.

Multiple agencies are partners in the investigations into the Williams and Santos missing person cases. In addition to CCSO, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office are involved. The CUE Center for Missing Persons, a national missing persons nonprofit organization, has conducted searches for Williams and Santos, advocated for the cases, and has held awareness events and meetings with law officials over the years the two men have been missing.

Actor and producer Tyler Perry is offering a reward of up to $200,000 in connection with the cases.

Both cases are open investigations. Detectives encourage anyone who may have information on either Williams or Santos to contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 239-252-9300, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or email a tip or call the Cue Center 24-hour tip line at 910-232-1687.
Tyler Perry announces lawsuit against deputy in disappearance of Florida man
By: Associated Press
Posted at 7:26 AM, Sep 04, 2018

Tyler Perry to make announcement on missing men

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The family of a black man who disappeared nearly 15 years ago filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing a former sheriff's deputy of killing him, and filmmaker Tyler Perry took part in announcing the lawsuit.

Marcia Williams and her attorney Benjamin Crump sued former Collier County deputy Steven Calkins, accusing him of murdering her 27-year-old son Terrance Williams after detaining him in January 2004. Calkins was also the last person seen with Felipe Santos, an illegal immigrant he picked up in October 2003.

Crump said the Williams family wants to force Calkins to sit for a deposition under oath to explain what happened after he picked up Williams. They believe that evidence uncovered in the lawsuit could lead to Calkins being charged criminally.

Williams' mother said she filed the lawsuit to get answers for her son's four children. The complaint does not set a dollar amount for damages.

"I am not going to let it go until I get the answers that they deserve," Williams said at a press conference, thanking Perry for supporting the family and bringing attention to the case. In 2014, Perry offered a $100,000 reward for information in the men's disappearance. He said it turned up nothing, so he raised the reward Tuesday to $200,000.

Perry, best known for his African-American family comedies and his character "Madea," said "race has become such a polarizing" factor nationally, but this case should disturb any person, no matter their color.
"We have got to come together to fight injustice, to fight what is wrong," Perry said.

Calkins did not return a call seeking comment and no one answered Tuesday at his current home near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He told investigators in 2004 he dropped both men at a convenience store. He was never charged but the Collier County Sheriff's Office fired him after he stopped cooperating with the investigation. He is white. Santos was from Mexico.

Wiliams and Santos disappeared under similar circumstances in this southwest Florida county bordering the Everglades and its alligators.

In October 2003, Santos, a construction and farm worker, had been in a fender bender and Calkins took him into custody because he did not have his license and registration.

Three months later, Williams' car broke down and he parked in a cemetery parking lot. He had just moved to the area to be near his mother and had been facing jail in Tennessee for failing to pay child support.

Calkins came upon him and called for a tow. He then detained Williams for also failing to provide identification. He was recording using a Southern black accent as he spoke to his dispatcher and described Williams' car as a "homie Cadillac."

Neither man was ever seen again.

Calkins told investigators he had released the men before taking them to jail because they had been nice and he cut them a break. The Collier sheriff's office says Calkins failed a polygraph examination, but investigators found no blood or signs of struggle in his patrol car. A tracking device was placed on it in case he ever visited a spot where the bodies may have been dumped. He never did.

The sheriff's office said in an email Tuesday it is still investigating the case and that it is unusual; no other men went missing during that time period. Calkins remains a person of interest in the disappearance of Williams and Santos, the email said.

If questioned by Crump as part of the lawsuit, Calkins could invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, but the bar to succeed in a civil case is lower than a criminal case. In the lawsuit, Crump would have to show it is more likely than not that Calkins killed Williams. In a criminal case, prosecutors would have to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, a tough standard without any bodies.

Crump praised the Collier investigators, saying they and prosecutors have they done what they could but now it is time to help them get some answers.

"Terrance Williams is going to be the beacon of hope for what people can do," said Crump, who gained national fame representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida youth fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012.
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Judge denies motion to dismiss lawsuit against former Collier County deputy
Published: June 2, 2020

A wrongful death lawsuit against a former Collier County deputy returned to court Tuesday.

Detectives believe Steven Calkins is the last person to have seen Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos alive before they each disappeared 16 years ago.

Calkins’ attorney, John Hooley, said during a civil court proceeding that enough is enough.

“The evidence and the pleadings state that Mr. Calkins killed Mr. – if he killed him at all – would have killed Mr. Williams no later than February of 2004. Nothing really has changed from February of 2004 to the filing of this complaint.”

Williams’ family said they’re missing important evidence – Calkins himself. They’re suing Calkins for wrongful death.

“When he presents, he will be asked certain questions and he himself, his testimony, will become evidence in this case,” said Devon Jacobs, the Williams’ attorney.

COVID-19 has made that difficult. Jacobs said a virtual interview is not sufficient. “We believe that body language is very important and sitting in a room with someone is very important,” Jacobs said.

The attorneys will fly to Iowa, where Calkins now lives, to do an in-person deposition. The judge on Tuesday denied the defense’s motion for the case to be dropped. He did say he’ll study a second defense motion to dismiss.

The Calkins team argued the Williams family failed to file the wrongful death lawsuit two years after Williams disappeared as required by law. The Williams family countered, saying they couldn’t file the lawsuit until after the state issued a death certificate. That didn’t happen until 2009.

The trial is set for November.

Case against former Collier deputy tied to Terrance Williams, Felipe Santos denied appeal​

A lawsuit seeking to hold a former Collier County sheriff’s deputy accountable for the 2004 disappearance of a Naples man was denied on appeal Wednesday.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, whose firm is representing Terrance Williams’ family, said his team is pursuing other avenues for justice, including sharing information with the U.S. Department of Justice in hopes the agency will open a federal investigation.

The sheriff's office partnered with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI to investigate Calkins, the former sheriff has said, but law enforcement has been unable to solve the longstanding mystery.

Calkins has never been arrested or charged in the disappearances. He was fired from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in late 2004 following an internal investigation that found he was deceptive in a polygraph and gave inconsistent statements about Williams’ disappearance.

Tyler Perry Seeks Answers for Police-Involved Disappearance in 'Never Seen Again' Series Premiere​

Paramount+ is bringing subscribers a new true-crime series that shares the stories of mysterious disappearances from the perspectives of their loved ones.

Every episode of Never Seen Again focuses on a single case that "starts with a gut punch," as a loved one recounts the last time they saw their son, daughter, brother, sister, boyfriend or girlfriend before they vanished into thin air.

According to the synopsis, the series invites viewers to "join the search" and help families find closure by contacting police departments and Crime Stoppers. "Never Seen Again poses a crucial question: Someone out there knows something … Is it you?"

The trailer highlights the first episode's mystery, which features a case that caught the eye of award-winning filmmaker Tyler Perry. "I was shocked and outraged. I had to get involved," Perry says of the case. "I immediately thought, 'What can I do to help? What can I do to bring attention to this?'"

Terrance Williams, a 27-year-old Black man, disappeared in Naples, Florida, in 2004 after he was last seen getting into a Collier County sheriff's patrol car. Initially, the officer claimed he never met Williams, but after questioning by police investigators, he said he gave Williams a ride to a gas station. But those claims came under suspicion when another man, Felipe Santos, disappeared after getting into the same officer’s car.

"They're both disappearing with the same deputy after being put in the same deputy’s car," Perry says. "If this is a coincidence, then he is the most unlucky man in the world, that this could actually be something that happened to him twice. I just don’t see how that is possible. And I think that anybody in law enforcement can look at this and go, 'What happened to them?'"

The first episode of Never Seen Again will be available for free Saturday, May 7 through Monday, May 10 on the CBS News app. The entire first season will be available to stream Tuesday, May 10 on Paramount+.

WGCU | By Pam James
Published January 11, 2023 at 7:33 PM EST

The podcast is called "The Last Ride." WGCU is a partner in the audio production of the podcast which will be distributed through the NPR Network. The investigation and the story, however, come from Zeitlin and her team's extensive research.

"It's an 8-part investigative podcast that takes a really deep look into these disappearances, into the background of the former Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins. I went to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Terrence Williams was from to interview his stepfather. I've spoken to Terrance’s mother,' said Zeitlin. "We went to Iowa where Steven Calkins lives to try to talk to him, as well. We've reviewed all the public records to try to put together the most comprehensive look at this case that we're capable of providing."

The podcast is only a part of Zeitlin's dogged determination to find a resolution, if not the men themselves.

"Personally, I want everyone in Southwest Florida and beyond to be aware of these cases," she said. "And because there's gotta be a way to resolve them. There's gotta be some kind of resolution."

And while, Tyler Perry and Terrence Williams' mother Marcia are pushing for further investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Zeitlin hopes that her podcast will also make a difference.

20 years since Felipe Santos disappearance, Immokalee worker last seen with ex-CCSO deputy​

Twenty years ago, on Oct. 14, 2003, Felipe Santos was in a traffic crash on Immokalee Road in Naples, Florida. Then Collier County sheriff's deputy Steven Calkins responded. Santos, 23, was driving illegally. His brothers saw Calkins put Santos in his patrol car.

There has never been another verified sighting of Santos, who was a new father, an Immokalee farmworker and concrete worker and an immigrant from Mexico.

The mystery of Felipe Santos and Terrance Williams, who disappeared in January 2004 after Calkins pulled him over along the same Naples road, was the subject of The Last Ride, an 8-episode podcast released this year from the Naples Daily News/The News-Press and WGCU Public Media, distributed by NPR.

The Last Ride investigates the disappearances and examines systemic problems in policing and media and illuminates the deep wounds that are left when no one is held accountable. It is available wherever you get your podcasts.

Calkins has never been arrested or charged in relation to either disappearance and denies wrongdoing.

The second episode digs into unanswered questions about Santos' disappearance. His family was alarmed, especially since Santos had very good reasons to stay in the United States, where he lived his family. His family described him as a calm, hardworking and dedicated father with the goal of escaping poverty. He and his partner had just had a baby girl. How did the Collier County sheriff’s office react when they learned one of their own was the last person to be seen with Santos?

After the podcast was released, dozens of listeners responded with questions and potential tips but no new information that could resolve the case materialized. The Collier County Sheriff's office received a lead with the renewed media attention, but nothing bore out.

"CCSO continues to follow-up on all credible tips and information we receive from the public. Felipe Santos and Terrance Williams are entered into NamUs and missing persons databases, which are used for comparison of any recovered individuals. Periodic checks of various databases for Williams and Santos are conducted," wrote Karie Partington, a sheriff's office spokeswoman, in an email.

In response to a question as to whether the agency was continuing to investigate Calkins, she wrote: "The sheriff's office continues to investigate all aspects regarding the disappearance of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos."

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