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Missing 8 Years
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6:03 am
By: Denise Stewart, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Eight years have passed since 27-year-old Terrance Williams disappeared between Jan. 11 and 12, 2004.

Missing Man's Eight-Year-Old Case
Stumps Family

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

 

 

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Today is

A Missing Man Goes Un-Investigated, Even When A Suspect May Be A Cop

 

In the Black & Hispanic Communities, it's understood that Blacks & Hispanics are the "under represented, under served, and under defended" in the legal system, by the political parties, and by the majority of all media.

However, the times are changing, in that, more and more media resources are minority focused, specifically designed and run by minorities, and for minorities. 

The Ability to bring minority specific news to the attention of all minorities and main stream media, on occasions when main stream decides to take on a minority story, is happening via the internet and minority owned media. 

The U.S. Population, currently, have more than 90 Million plus legally listed citizens, representing 1/3 or the U.S. Population, which are huge numbers, and it these huge numbers that will force the huge media interest to opt to cover minority interest stories because they are really missing out.

The Case of Missing Terrence Williams came to my attention via the Tom Joyner Morning Show, in that, Tyler Perry brought the story of missing Terrance Williams to the TJMS, because Tyler spoke with Terrance Mother, and he was so disgusted with the facts, that he decided to get involved, thus, he contacted Tom, and on the show, I heard about this case.

Terrance Williams, last known interactions were with a police officer in Bonita Springs, Florida, between Jan. 11 and 12, 2004, officer Cpl. Steve Calkins, is also associated with a missing Hispanic, Filipe Santos, who also disappeared under similar circumstances with Cpl. Steve Calkins being the last person to have interacted with, 3 months prior to Terrance Williams disappearance. 

Cpl. Steve Calkins was subjected to subsequent investigations by his department, but, denied any wrong doing in the two cases of the missing men. Per the conversation on the TJMS, Cpl. Steve Calkins was fired but not charged for any crime associated with the disappearance of Terrance Williams or Filipe Santos.

8 Years later, here we are, attempting to bring to the forefront, a egregiously ignored case of two missing minorities, who seemed to not matter to the local police department or the FBI, even with the facts that point directly to the police and a possible cover-up.   

The Intent is to shake some trees out there, to see if someone of importance would take the time to review this case and perhaps bring some degree of a investigation that could be construed as fair and thorough.  Sometimes, it only takes one, and the one that can help this case is out there, so step forward and provide support to a grieving mother, who has been dismissed, as unimportant enough to garner the required attention. 

Minorities have feelings too.

 

In My Opinion

ASMFMB
1/26/12

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