Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tyler Perry Offers $100K Reward in Fla. Cold Cases

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff’s deputy in southwestern Florida. Perry joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP at a news conference Thursday in Naples to discuss the missing-person investigations of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos. Santos and Williams disappeared three months apart in the Naples area in 2003 after crossing paths with Collier County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Calkins. He was never charged but was fired the next year. Perry said the media was not paying enough attention to missing-person cases involving minorities. Williams was black and Santos was an illegal immigrant from Mexico. He called the cases an “outrage” followed by cheers of “Amen” and “yes” by the crowd. When he announced the reward, a man stepped from the front of the crowd to tell Perry something, indicating he had information to offer. “Just like this man has come forward, I am sure there are others,” Perry said. “You are being watched around the world and you are safe.”Follow me On Twitter -- @Futuristicblog

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