As years go by, Georgia family remains hopeful
In many places across the United States, the onset of cooler weather and falling leaves means just one thing: football season. And for the Pate family of Unadilla, GA, September was the beginning of just that.
But on Sept. 4, 1998 what should have been a fun night of football for the Pate family turned into a parent’s worst nightmare. Eight-year-old Shy’Kemmia Pate vanished.
The third grader at Unadilla Elementary School, who was known as “Shy Shy” to family, was planning to go to a local football game with her big sister. She eagerly waited in the front yard of their home while her sister went inside to get ready. When the older sister came outside to leave at 7 p.m., Shy Shy was nowhere to be found.
Dooly County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were contacted. On Saturday Sept. 5, they began canvassing the neighborhood, knocking on doors and searching homes.
Despite the ongoing investigation of leads by these two law enforcement agencies, Shy Shy has not been located. It’s been 15 years since she vanished, but the search has never stopped. She would now be 23 years old.
Shy Shy was 4 feet, 4 inches tall when she went missing and weighed 59 pounds. She had black hair, brown eyes and a surgical scar on her waistline.
As small towns across the United States prepare for cooler weather, falling leaves and the onset of football, the Pate family continues to hope for the return of Shy Shy. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is asking for your help to find her.
Shy’Kemmia Pate is still missing. View her poster: http://ow.ly/oI8eD. If you have any information contact us at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Calls can be made anonymously.