Missing Since: September 4, 1998 from Unadilla, Georgia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 29, 1989
Age: 8 years old
Height and Weight: 4'4, 59 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Pate had braided extensions in her hair at the time of her disappearance. Her hair was also twirled in the front with 10 to 12 gold beads in the sections. Pate has a surgical scar along her waistline. Her ears are pierced. Pate's nickname is Shy-Shy.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A neon green button-down Atlanta Braves jersey with red lettering, Levi's jeans and white K-Swiss tennis shoes.
Medical Conditions: Pate suffers from asthma and needed at-home breathing treatments in 1998.
Details of Disappearance
Pate was last seen near her family's residence on Crumpler Avenue near The Roxy Club in Unadilla, Georgia at approximately 7:00 p.m. on September 4, 1998. Her family planned to attend a football game that evening. Pate's older sister decided to get gasoline for her car and pick up Pate afterwards. When she returned from the gas station, she realized Pate was missing. The authorities were summoned after Pate's family was unable to locate her later in the night. She has never been seen again.
Authorities have received numerous tips regarding Pate's disappearance, but no solid evidence has been located to guide them to her whereabouts. Investigators explored the possibility that Quentin "Droopy" Kendrick, one of her family's neighbors in 1998, may have been involved in her case. Kendrick was arrested in 2001 and charged with several counts of sexual assault. He resided approximately 300 yards from Pate's home at the time she vanished. A search of his property did not yield any clues as to Pate's whereabouts. Kendrick is not believed to have been involved in her disappearance.
Pate is described as an outgoing child who loved skating and new clothes in 1998. She was involved with her family's church. Authorities believe that Pate may have been abducted by someone she was familiar with at the time. The neighborhood where she lived had a high crime rate. Her case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency Charley Project
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Dooly County Sherff's Department
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Georgia Bureau Of Investigation