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“We’ve done what we could with it,” said Hunter, now police chief in Marco Island, near Naples. “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.”

On Wednesday, Collier County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Karie Partington said that the case is still “open and active” and that investigators are checking out a tip that came in after Hunter appeared on CNN earlier this week. She gave no details.

“We’re pleased with the attention it’s received recently,” she said.

Santos‘ brother Salvador said: “It has made me feel very good to know of Mr. Perry’s efforts to publicize the case, and that the case is getting new attention.”

Williams‘ mother, Marcia Williams, said a march with Perry and the Rev. Al Sharpton is in the works.

“I want to know where my baby is. That’s the biggest frustration I have,” she said. “As far as the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, I pray that they did their job, I pray that they left no stone unturned.”

Associated Press writers Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg contributed to this report.