was fired after failing a polygraph about Williams' disappearance.
That was when they disappeared three months apart in the Naples area, both of them right after crossing paths with sheriff's Deputy Steven Calkins.
Investigations by local, state and federal authorities went nowhere.
, who is white, denied doing anything more than dropping off the young men at different convenience stores.
was never charged but was fired after he
stopped cooperating with investigators.
And to this day Deputy Steve Calkins is a free man.
In the recorded conversation, Calkins
and the dispatcher both talked in exaggerated black dialect.
A working phone number for Calkins
couldn't be found.
In a 2006 interview with the Naples Daily News
involvement in the two cases "coincidence extreme," and he
told other media that he
didn't know anything about the disappearances.
In a September 2004 letter to the sheriff, Calkins
said that his
use of black dialect was "not meant to be offensive," but he
admitted it was "in poor taste.
also asked the agency to reconsider his
firing, saying that he
was on medication for stress, anxiety and depression, and that a psychologist said he
was "burnt out, overwhelmed, under considerable stress at home and work."
The former sheriff said that before he
retired in 2009, he
tried to get the story into the media around the anniversary of the men's disappearance in the hope of generating new clues.
"What I think it's going to finally come down to is whoever had more recent contact (than Calkins) with Mr. Santos or Mr. Williams."