When you were last seen entering a police patrol car and disappearing off the face of this Earth in January 2004 and October 2003, Felipe Santos, a 24-year-old Mexican, was able to join the investigation that led to the case. If you're interested in learning more, then please contact Discovery's 'Disappeared: Crime and Punishment' section.
What Was Happening to Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos?
Terrance Williams, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, had moved to Naples, Florida, to stay close to his mother, Marcia. He had migrated to Florida in order to provide better financial assistance to his four children. He also worked in a local Pizza Hut restaurant. Marcia drove him to and from work.
Terrance desired independence and purchased a Cadillac recently for himself. However, Marcia drove Terrance home after he had worked at a pizza shop. Terrance did not have a valid license and his vehicle registration expired.
Jason spoke to Terrance on the night of January 11 before going to sleep. However, when he woke the next day, Terrance had not returned home, so he wrote to Marcia, who was surprised when her son found out his two-day absence and had even not collected his paychecks.
Felipe Santos, a Mexican immigrant who had lived illegally in Immokalee, Florida, for three years since 2013, was also attempting to take a better life for his family, similar to Terrance. He had been working long hours and sending money back to his two brothers in Mexico when he was pulled over in an unrelated accident on October 14, 2003. He was arrested for reckless driving and driving without proper documentation.
Is Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos dead or alive?
Terrance's aunt traced his car in a tow company's parking lot. There were no incident reports or arrest memos filed concerning the case, according to the program. Marcia began calling the sheriff's department as soon as she saw Terrance being pulled over and later getting in Steve's car.
Steve changed his mind and said he could recall stopping Terrance at around 12:15 pm on January 12, 2004, after seeing the former's car "in distress." According to the show, the 27-year-old had requested him to drop off Terrance there and returned to check his car for papers. He did not find any, contact Circle K about Terrance and discovered that he did not work there.
Steve stated that he called and requested dispatch to clear Terrance's car town because it was obstructing the road. However, investigators found significant discrepancies in Steve's statement. There was no record of him calling Circle K, and neither the employees nor the surveillance footage of the building placed either Steve or Terrance at this point.
Different approaches were used, including putting a hidden GPS device in Steve's car as well as cadaver dogs, when Marcia discovered that the police officer involved in Felipe's case was also Steve. At the same time, Felipe's boss went to post bail for his employee at another local Circle K, four miles from where he would leave Terrance a few months later.
The family of Felipe filed a complaint against him as well as a missing person complaint two weeks after Steve's internal report submission. The whole thing was getting repeated in the case of Terrance as well. However, according to the program, Steve reportedly made various racial insults and inappropriate remarks when requesting the removal of Terrance's vehicle.
Steve claimed that he did not know Terrance's last name, but that he used Terrance's full name when requesting a background check for him in 2004. Both Terrance and Felipe were required to be declared dead, and Steve remains a prime suspect in the deaths of both men.