Missing Since: 01/12/04
Missing from Naples, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 01/17/76
Age at disappearance: 27
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown/Sandy
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Has dreadlocks. Pierced
ears, vertical surgical scar on right shoulder, dark birthmark on
right side of abdomen, tattoo of the letter “T” in italics above
left chest, tattoo of the letters “ET” in square block style on
outer right shoulder, tattoo of the name “Terrance” on left
forearm in red ink with blue highlights, front upper right tooth
has a gold crown with the letter “T” on it, solid gold cap
on tooth to the right of the one with the letter “T.”
Clothing: Short sleeve button-up shirt, blue jeans, brown
Jewelry: Diamond earrings, watch with white stones
surrounding the face and a silver metal band.
Details of Disappearance
Williams was last seen in Naples, Florida on January 12, 2004. A Collier County sheriff’s deputy, Corporal Steven Henry Calkins, claims he stopped him on the road. Williams was driving a white Cadillac, which was having engine problems. He did not have a valid license or insurance, his registration had expired, and the vehicle belonged to someone else. He could potentially have been cited for six moving violations. Calkins says he did not cite Williams for anything, but dropped him off at a “Circle K” convenience store in the vicinity of Wiggins Pass Road and US 41. Williams told him he worked at the store.
A “Circle K” employee stated in a press interview that she saw both Williams and Calkins that morning. She says Calkins used the store’s bathroom, and Williams filled a container with gasoline and left the store alone. Calkins later stated he left Williams at the store, returned to the Cadillac to have it towed, then called the Circle K store and discovered Williams did not really work there. However, his cellular phone records do not show the call being placed, and store employees do not remember it either.
Calkins was also the last person to see another man, Felipe Santos, who disappeared in October 2003. He got into a minor car accident and Calkins reportedly gave him a ride to a Circle K convenience store. He has never been heard from again.
Calkins, a seventeen-year veteran of the police department, had a clean record prior to this incident. He has not been charged in the disappearances of Williams or Santos and maintains his innocence.
Williams parents filed 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.
Williams’s mother believes her son did not leave voluntarily, however; she states that he would never let so much time pass without contacting her. He kept in almost daily touch with her before he vanished. Many of his belongings were left behind at her home.
Some agencies report that Williams was last seen in the vicinity of 111th Avenue and Vanderbilt Drive in Naples.
Missing Man’s Eight-Year-Old Case Stumps Family
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012,
By: Denise Stewart, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Eight years have passed since 27-year-old Terrance Williams disappeared between Jan. 11 and 12, 2004 after going to a party in Bonita Springs, Florida and having last been seen with a Collier County sheriff’s corporal.
His mother, Marcia Williams, says she still wants answers. And she still wants her son.
“We’re originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. People ask, ‘Why am I still here?’ I tell them, ‘I’m not going back until I can take my son back home,'” Williams told BlackAmericaWeb.com. “He has four children. They loved their daddy. They want to know what happened to him.”
Terrance Williams’ story was aired Monday night on a show called “Disappeared” on the Investigation Discovery channel and is scheduled to air on the program again on Sunday, she said. According to a schedule for the channel published online, the segment featuring Terrance Williams will air at 3 a.m. EST.
“I’m hoping this helps us get some answers,” Williams said.
Since the day his family realized he was missing, she has been working – sometimes solo, but often with friends and supporters – to raise awareness about Terrance’s case and to get answers from the local sheriff’s department.
“I feel that the deputy knows what happened. They can tell me where he is,” she said.
Terrance had had his problems with the law, but at the time of his disappearance, he was working a new job at Pizza Hut in Bonita Springs. He had driven his 1983 Cadillac to a party with some co-workers on Jan. 11, 2004.
In Tennessee, he spent some time in prison in the 1990s in connection with an aggravated robbery, according to published reports. He had also faced charges for trespassing, DUI and driving with a revoked license, according to Naples.com.
Cpl. Steve Calkins told investigators he picked Terrance up on Jan. 12 and gave him a ride to a Circle K on U.S. 41, and Terrance told him he was late for work, according to an article published on NaplesNews.com.
Calkins has said he had nothing to do with the disappearance of Terrence Williams – or that of Filipe Santos, a man to whom he gave a ride a few months before Williams disappeared. Calkins, however, was later dismissed from the department after providing insconsistent information to investigtors, according to published reports.
Santos has also been missing since he rode with Calkins, said Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Persons.
That group, headed by Caison of Wilmington, North Carolina, serves as a liaison between families and police agencies. It also organizes large groups of volunteers from across the country to help search for missing persons.
Williams has had a lot to juggle since her son disappeared. She moved to Naples, Florida when she got married in 2002. Soon, Terrance moved to Florida to be with his mother.
But two months after her son disappeared, Williams said, her husband left.
“I was here by myself. I had to get a grip and pull myself up. I had gotten down to a size 6,” she said. “God has carried me.”
In the past seven years, Caison said, she has become well acquainted with Williams and has brought in volunteers to help search for her son in Florida.
“The case of Terrance Williams is an outrage,” Caison told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
“No one wants to touch it, and it’s an embarrassment because race is an issue,” said Caison, who is white. “He is black. He is a male. Law enforcement is involved. We couldn’t even get local media to come out to cover a balloon release on the one-year anniversary of his disappearance.”
The missing person’s organization has also worked to raise awareness about Santos’ case, but that has been more difficult because many of his family members and supporters have returned to Mexico, she said.
Williams said she maintains contact with her family in Tennessee and with her son’s friends back at home and around the country.
She maintains a Facebook page for herself and for her son, Williams said.
“There is still a big community of people out there who love Terrance,” she said, “and want to know what happened to him.”
Monday marks 5 years since man with Collier deputy disappeared
January 10, 2009
NAPLES — It’s been five years since Marcia Williams last spoke with her son.
It’s been half a decade since they last went to a movie together; half a decade since she last took him out to eat. It’s been five years since Terrance Williams last joked with his mother while they were at the mall that he couldn’t be seen with her, lest the other girls think she was his girlfriend.
“You know, some days are good, and some days I just can’t shake it,” Marcia Williams, 49, said. “I can’t shake it for nothing in the world. I can’t let go of it.”
Monday is the five-year anniversary of the day Terrance Williams disappeared — poof — vanishing into thin air.
His disappearance, like that of Felipe Santos, who he is regularly paired with in the media, has been difficult on his family, and has been described as a black mark on the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
The last person known to have seen both Williams and Santos alive is former Collier County sheriff’s Cpl. Steven Calkins, a 17-year veteran who was later fired after he gave inconsistent stories about what happened to Williams during an internal probe.
People close to both cases have long looked suspiciously at Calkins, who has never been arrested because there is no criminal evidence linking him to either disappearance.
“This is frustrating for the family, but it’s also very frustrating for the Sheriff’s Office because it’s an open case,” sheriff’s Lt. Mike Fox said. “We don’t like to have open cases. … Especially when one of ours is being looked at as doing this, then it gets really frustrating for us.”
The night before he disappeared, Williams, who would be 33 on Jan. 17, attended a party at a home in Bonita Springs with some of his Pizza Hut co-workers. After leaving the party, Williams was last seen in the area of 111th Avenue North and Vanderbilt Drive by Calkins, who said he gave Williams a ride to a Circle K store at U.S. 41 North and Wiggins Pass Road.
Three witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. that morning they saw Calkins wave Williams over near the Naples Memorial Gardens, a North Naples cemetery. Williams was driving a white Cadillac with an expired plate.
Although officials said Williams could have been picked up or cited for six violations, Calkins has said that, instead of taking him to jail, he dropped Williams off at the convenience store where Williams regularly bought cigarettes before heading to work.
He was never heard from or seen again.
“He could be alive. He could not be alive. It’s really hard to say,” Fox said. “We don’t have any evidence that he’s not alive, and we don’t have any evidence that he is alive. He’s dropped off the face of the Earth.”
Marcia Williams said there is plenty of evidence that he’s not alive — the son she used to talk to two or three times a day hasn’t called in five years.
“I know Terrance and they don’t,” she said. “If Terrance was somewhere hiding out, Terrance would get in touch with somebody and say ‘I’m OK.’”
Santos disappeared three months before Terrance Williams. Santos, a 23-year-old Mexican laborer, was involved in a minor traffic crash in North Naples, and Calkins was the responding deputy.
Calkins said he gave Santos a ride to a North Naples convenience store as well.
Marcia Williams is loath to criticize the Sheriff’s Office, the agency she is counting on to find out what happened to her son. Still, she questions the treatment that Calkins has received.
But sheriff’s officials say there is no evidence to link Calkins to any wrongdoing involving either Terrance Williams or Santos.
Fox said that if authorities tried to prosecute him today, the case would go nowhere.
In fact, because Calkins was a Sheriff’s Office employee at the time of the disappearances, Fox said they were able to talk to Calkins more than an average citizen, due to a rule, known as the Garrity Rule, that compels officers to participate in internal investigations.
“If Calkins was the average citizen, if he wasn’t a member of the Sheriff’s Office, he wouldn’t have been questioned as much as he was questioned,” Fox said. “Had he been a normal citizen, we couldn’t have compelled him to talk to us.”
Fox said Terrance Williams’ case is still open and active. Investigators still check to see if he’s been arrested around the country, and two Social Security numbers attached to Williams have been flagged.
But there have been no hits, and there is no evidence that either Social Security number has been used in five years.
“We get phone calls every once in awhile,” Fox said. “Every time we get a phone call we follow up on it and see where it takes us.”
Marcia Williams says all four of Terrance Williams’ children, especially his youngest, 8-year-old son, look like him. They ask questions about their father from time to time, she said.
“It’s a hard thing having to look at these children and not be able to tell these children that I don’t know where your daddy is,” she said.
When calling Marcia Williams’ telephone, callers don’t hear a ring, but a recording briefly describing the disappearance followed by a Bible verse. Marcia Williams said she is confident she will know the truth about her son some day.
“I don’t think it, I know it, because I believe in God,” she said. “I don’t believe in man. I believe in God.”
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 using the contact form below or contact Cue Center at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tipline (910) 232-1687.
All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.