Tyler Perry, Al Sharpton Among Influential Leaders Raising Awareness Of Missing Florida Men

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A trio of influential black leaders — movie mogul Tyler Perry, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP CEO and President Ben Jealous — are coming to Naples to bring attention to two local missing persons cases.

A press conference on Thursday will highlight the unsolved disappearances of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos. They were last seen in 2003 with the same now-fired Collier County Sheriff’s Office corporal, Steve Calkins.

In a news release, Perry says he wants to highlight the amount of media attention paid to disappearances of minorities.

Santos, then 23, disappeared after he was arrested by Calkins for driving without a license. Three months later, Williams, then 27, disappeared after an encounter with Calkins.

The officer was fired from the sheriff’s office in 2004.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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