Tyler Perry offers $100K in missing men case
NAPLES -For nearly a decade, family members have been searching for information about two missing Collier County men.On Thursday morning, Tyler Perry, Reverend Al Sharpton, Benjamin Jealous, the president of the NAACP and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk held a press conference in Naples to announce steps towards the missing persons investigations of Terrence Williams and Felipe Santos.
“This gives us hope. The only way to turn a cold case into a live case is to turn up the heat,” said Jealous.
Williams and Santos went missing eight years ago after encountering Collier County deputy Steven Calkins.
Calkins is no longer with the sheriff’s office. He was fired when he become uncooperative with investigators.
Sheriff Rambosk said Calkins remains a person of interest in the case.
Perry told the crowd in Naples that he found out about the case through the Discovery Channel. He has offered a $100,000 reward for anyone with information about the men.
“People should be outraged that this is happening in America in 2013. It is beyond offensive that someone, a deputy – someone who is entrusted by us, the community – and two people both put in his car and disappeared,” Perry said.
The Williams and Santos families, along with the Collier County Sherriff’s Office, are hoping Thursday’s renewed attention on the cases will encourage people to come forward with information.
“This is injustice and we have the power to change this; we have the power to see someone brought to justice,” Perry said.
“Sometimes you have to catch bees with honey. Tyler Perry has brought the honey,” Rev. Sharpton said.