Date of Birth: 05/26/80
From City/State:Naples, FL
Age at Time of Disappearance: 24
Height: 67 inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Hair Color: Black
Hair (Other): Ponytail in back.
Eye Color: Brown
Circumstances of Disappearance:Unknown. Felipe was last seen after he was dropped off at a gas station in the vicinity of the 10900 block of Winterview Dr. in Naples, FL.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (239) 793-9300
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.
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.police department.
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. In November 2003, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court for a hearing regarding the accident he was in the day he vanished.
Investigators call their stories cold cases. But the tears that dampen family members’ cheeks as the days roll into an unfathomable collection of years are very warm and very new.
A breathless minute feels like an hour as Francisca Cortes struggles to gain composure. What she has to say takes less time than the breaks between sentences.
It’s been more than three years since her cousin’s husband, 23-year-old Neapolitan Felipe Santos, vanished, leaving behind a distraught wife and daughter.
Francisca extends a hand toward a knowing face. Marcia Williams, whose son, 27-year-old Terrance Williams, went missing a few months after Santos, nods encouragement.
Through an interpreter, she shares her greatest grief: the unknown.
“It seems like the Earth just swallowed them up,” Cortes whispers in Spanish. “I hope he’s still alive, but I don’t know where he could be.
“As time goes by, it’s hard to have faith.”
Cortes and Williams joined members of the Community United Effort, or CUE, group for their annual “On the Road to Remember” tour Monday at Bethel AME Church in East Naples. The organization travels the country each year, hosting media events to re-energize forgotten missing persons cases.
While the grocery store posters bearing aging pictures of smiling loved ones, grow ragged and fade from cognizance, Williams’ and Santos’ families never forget.
“Every day I dream about him, about us doing things together like we used to,” Marcia Williams said.
“I’ll be back next year. I’ll be back until I find him.”
A strange and thus far inexplicable link bonds Felipe Santos and Terrance Williams.
Santos was involved in a small car crash in North Naples on Oct. 14, 2003. He was last seen by Collier County sheriff’s Cpl. Steven Calkins, who said he drove Santos to a nearby Circle K.
Williams also was picked up by Calkins after leaving a party in Bonita Springs. Calkins said he dropped Williams at another Circle K store, just four miles away from the one where he reportedly dropped Santos.
Acknowledging the eerie coincidence of being the last one to see either man alive, Calkins submitted to a Sheriff’s Office lie detector test. He was fired after several inconsistencies were detected in his accounts, and he failed the lie detector test.
Sheriff Don Hunter said there was no evidence linking Calkins to the mysterious disappearances.
Williams said she doesn’t blame the Sheriff’s Office for her son’s disappearance. Cortes is not so forgiving.
“It’s difficult to think about how long they’ve been gone … and why the sheriff’s department here hasn’t done more to find them,” Cortes said. “The saddest thing is that the last person to see both of them is living and with his family.”
Monica Caison leads the CUE charge to revive interest in cold cases. During her two-week, cross-country tour, she is rehashing the stories of 75 missing people in 18 states.
“These people made a mark. They existed. And their families are still here,” Caison said.
In its four-year history, the tour has produced several new leads on cold cases. In the tour’s second year, the remains of a man who had been missing for 11 years were uncovered at a shelter. He had been dead four years.
“Every year, some miracles happen,” Caison said. “This gives (the families) an outlet for their stories to be heard.
“When people start talking, other things are produced.”
Group looking for new leads in missing person cases
COLLIER COUNTY: A national missing persons group is back in Naples and its aim is to drum up new leads in the disappearance of two local men.
The two cases that the group will focus on in Naples are the disappearances of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos who both disappeared years ago – just months apart from each other.
Witnesses have said they last saw both men with Collier County Deputy Stephen Calkins.
Calkins was later fired and the leads dwindled. But the advocacy group is making sure people don’t forget.
Marcia Williams, Terrence William’s mother, says she welcomes the CUE – Center for Missing Persons – back to Naples.
“They can solve every other crime, every other case,” said Williams.
Family members of both men feel the cases haven’t gotten the attention they deserve.
“There are still a lot of people that have no idea. They don’t know to this day,” said Williams.
The Cue Center’s “On the Road to Remember Tour” aims to change that.
They will be hitting 26 cities and focusing on 75 cold cases. They hope someone, somewhere will remember a face, a fact, or anything that will help the investigations.
“With missing adults, they do not get national coverage. So therefore outside of Naples, no one really knows a lot about Terrance and Felipe,” said Monica Caison of the CUE Center.
“It’s not getting out there as much as it should. I mean, he’s a person. He’s a person just like Natalie Holloway,” said Williams.
Caison said that sometimes, it’s those unexpected leads in distant cities that can finally bring answers and always bring hope.
“You never come to a dead end road. There are always new developments. We are going to continue to come down here and we are going to continue to be here for Terrance’s family and the family of Felipe,” said Caison.
Both the CUE Center and family members of the two men say they won’t stop their campaign until they have answers.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says there is no new information right now on either investigation.
If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.
All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.