24 years later, Shy Shy’s family still searches for missing Georgian

Shy'Kemmia Pate, also known as Shy Shy, went missing 24 years ago in Unadilla, Georgia. Courtesy of Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Earlier this month, agents with the FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified the killer involved in a 1988 Dade County murder, bringing closure to the decades-long case of a missing Michigan woman. But many others are still waiting for answers about their missing loved ones, including the family of Shy’Kemmia Pate.

Shy’Kemmia – also known as Shy Shy – disappeared from Unadilla, Georgia, on Sept. 4, 1998, when she was just 8 years old. On this special edition of “Closer Look,” we revisit a 2017 conversation with her mother, sister and aunt, who all have hope that Shy Shy could still be alive today.

No major findings on Shy Shy’s whereabouts have come to light in recent years, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation maintains that the disappearance is still an active investigation. The bureau asks anyone with information about Shy Shy’s case to call the GBI at 478-987-4545, by using an online form or by downloading the “See Something, Send Something” mobile app. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477).