Tyler Perry offers reward in missing persons cases

    Tyler Perry is putting up some of his own money to bring two missing men from Naples, Florida, home to their families.

    The media mogul has announced is offering $25,000 for any information on the current whereabouts of Terrance Williams or Felipe Santos. He’s willing to pay another $25,000 for "information which, following an arrest, leads to a final conviction, adjudication or plea of guilty or no contest to a felony crime of causing, contributing to, or facilitating the death of  [Terrance or Felipe]."

    Potentially, Tyler would be paying out $100,000 to bring the guys home.

    Terrance and Felipe went missing about nine years ago, and the last time anyone saw these men they were with Dep. Steve Calkins. Felipe was 23 when he went missing in October of 2003 after being spotted with Steve at the Greentree Shopping Center. Terrance disappeared shortly thereafter in January of 2004.

    Not much is known about the conditions surrounding Terrance and Felipe’s sudden disappearances or how they might have known Steve before they went missing. However, this is not the first time that Tyler has tried to call national attention to their cases. He went on "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton" back in February to get justice for the missing men, but the case hasn’t gotten much media attention otherwise.

    "We can’t be selective about who we stand for in a nation that professes justice for all," said Al, who has gone to Naples to aid in the searches for Terrance and Felipe. "We will also be meeting in the next several days with the Justice Department to urge a long overdue federal inquiry into these matters."

    “No matter what race you are or what social standing you have, we all should be outraged by this case," Tyler said in a statement.  "It saddens me that in our 2013 America that this kind of thing can go on unpublicized and unpunished."

    He added, "It is my hope and prayer that by offering this reward that someone will come forward and put an end to the wondering and suffering that both Marcia Williams and the Santos family are experiencing and have been enduring for far too long. "



    —Sonya Eskridge




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