COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A national TV show airing Monday night featured the disappearance of two missing Collier County men.
Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos vanished nearly a decade ago. Their stories were featured on Monday night's episode of Find Our Missing on TV One, a national cable channel.
Speaking exclusively to WINK News, Terrance Williams mother Marcia says she was very nervous before the episode aired, but she's also very excited that it reached audiences across the country because she says you never know who might be watching.
The producers of Find Our Missing reached out to Marcia Williams last year, wanting to share her story on TV One. "It's an all black network so I was just so happy that they wanted to hear my story and put my story out to the black community nationwide," says Williams.
Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos went missing in separate instances, but the same Collier County Sheriff's Deputy is the last person to see both men.
"Find our Missing highlights exactly what is known of the disappearances hoping to trigger new leads.
"Thank goodness for shows like this," says Harold Weeks, president of the the Collier County chapter of the NAACP.
This is the second national television show to feature the two missing men. In 2012 their story aired on Investigation Discovery Network. The episode lead to a few new tips at the Collier County Sheriff's Office, but most importantly it got the attention of actor, director and producer Tyler Perry.
Perry has been involved every since offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Williams says she's hopeful the hour long episode will open new doors in a decade long case.
"Maybe someone didn't see the show the last time, so maybe someone will see it this time that does have very important information to come forward with," says Williams. "There's always hope. As I have said before I will never give up because one day we will get the answers, we will know the truth."
Clips from Monday nights episode featuring the cases of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos, as well as full episodes of Find Our Missing, are available on Tv One's website http://tvone.tv.