Shy'Kemmia Shy'Rezz Pate

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Top Two Row and Bottom Left and Center: Shy'Kemmia, circa 1998;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 27 (circa 2016)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • 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. Shy'Kemmia had braided extensions in her hair at the time of her disappearance, and her hair twirled in the front with 10 to 12 gold beads in the sections. She has a scar along her waistline from prior kidney surgery, and her ears are pierced. Her nickname is Shy-Shy.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A neon green button-down Atlanta Braves jersey with red lettering, Levi's jeans, white K-Swiss sneakers and a leg brace.
  • Medical Conditions: Shy'Kemmia suffers multiple medical conditions, including severe asthma that required at-home breathing treatments. One of her kidneys was underdeveloped from birth and she has a weak bladder. A week prior to her disappearance, she had an asthma attack and had to be hospitalized. Because of her bladder problem, Shy'Kemmia had to wear Pull-Ups, which are designed for potty training; otherwise she would have had to use the toilet every ten to fifteen minutes. She was often fatigued in 1998, and she had to wear a leg brace due to a displaced kneecap. Authorities believe Shy'Kemmia would have needed regular medical treatment to survive into adulthood.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shy'Kemmia was last seen playing outside 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 high school football game that evening. Her older sister decided to get gasoline for her car and pick up Shy'Kemmia afterwards. When she returned from the gas station, she realized Shy'Kemmia was missing. The family at first assumed she must have gotten a ride with someone else or had gone to play at a friend's home. The authorities were summoned after Shy'Kemmia's family was unable to locate her later in the night, but police incorrectly told her family she had to be missing for over 24 hours before they could begin an investigation. She has never been seen again.

    Authorities have received numerous tips regarding Shy'Kemmia's disappearance, but no solid evidence has been located to guide them to her whereabouts. Neighbors in the area gave their consent for investigators to search their homes; police searched every residence, inside and out, in a five- to six-block radius from the Pate home and found no evidence in her case.

    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 Shy'Kemmia's home at the time she vanished. A search of his property did not yield any clues as to Shy'Kemmia's whereabouts. Kendrick is not believed to have been involved in her disappearance.

    Shy'Kemmia 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 Shy'Kemmia may have been abducted by someone she was familiar with at the time, but everyone in her family has been cleared of suspicion. The neighborhood where she lived had a high crime rate with a lot of drug use and gambling. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dooly County Sheriff's Department

    Georgia Bureau of Investigation

    Federal Bureau of Investigation


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation
    The Macon Telegraph
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    CBS Atlanta
    WMGT 41


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 26, 2017; age-progression updated.

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