Tyler Perry Cold Case $100,000 Reward
NAPLES, FL. -- Movie Mogul Tyler Perry offered a $100,000 reward today for information on two Southwest Florida missing person cases.
In Florida with Rev. Al Sharpton, a press conference was held in Collier County at the South Regional Libray when the offer was made. Two men, Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos have been missing for nine years, last seen with a now fired Collier County Sheriff's Deputy.
Perry called the lack of movement towards finding who might be involved "an injustice."
Santos was first reported missing in 2003 and William went missing three months later. Both men had encounters with former Collier County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Calkins. Calkins was a "person of interest" but was never arrested. He was later fired from the department.
Perry is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of the present whereabouts of Terrance Williams or Felipe Santos, for a total of $50,000. Additionally, he is offering a $25,000 reward for information which, following an arrest, leads to a final conviction, adjudication or plea of guilty or no contest to a felony crime of causing, contributing to, or facilitating the death of Williams or Santos, for a total of $50,000.
“We need the right piece of new information,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “We are hopeful that Tyler Perry’s involvement will not only keep Terrance and Felipe in the public eye, but also prompt someone to step forward with the information we need.”
The Sheriff added: “We are asking anyone who may have information to please contact us. Every tip, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is important.”
Collier Detective Kevin O'Neill told the press "You need evidence, need probable cause to arrest someone. We all have a feeling something is not right there, but that doesn't meet criteria in a criminal court room."
At the press conference a man came forward sobbing, interrupting Perry, saying he had information about the case and detectives are interviewing him. He said he was afraid of Calkins, as the reason he had not come forward before now.
Williams was 27 when he encountered Calkins in the area of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive in North Naples on Jan. 12, 2004.
Both Williams and Santos are considered missing and endangered and both were last seen in the company of now-fired CCSO deputy Steve Calkins.
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.
Anyone with information can contact the Collier Sheriff's Office or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.