New lead comes in on 1998 Georgia kidnapping case - CBS46 News

New lead comes in on 1998 Georgia kidnapping case

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Shy'Kemmia 'Shy Shy' Pate vanished in 1998. Shy'Kemmia 'Shy Shy' Pate vanished in 1998.
DOOLY COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The rescue of three Cleveland, OH women missing for about a decade has prompted a new lead in the disappearance of a Middle Georgia girl who vanished nearly 15 years ago.

Shy'Kemmia "Shy Shy" Pate was near her home in Unadilla, GA when she disappeared in September 1998.

"I keep hope and faith," said her mother Veronica Pate. "I never stop believing."

Investigators said they received a phone call Tuesday from a woman in Ohio who said her stepfather, a convicted sex offender, was in Georgia when the second grader disappeared.

"Regardless of how small an individual may think a piece of information is, it may be that crucial piece of information we need as investigators to start tying things together," said Special Agent Ben Collins, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Collins has worked on the case from day one along with Investigator Randy Lamberth of the Dooly County Sheriff's Office.

"We have kids of our own," Lamberth said. "It could have been any of them that went missing."

Investigators said while they consider Shy Shy Pate's disappearance a cold case, they vow to check out any new lead that comes in.

Veronica Pate said she had a message for her daughter in case she is out there somewhere.

"I love you Shy Shy," her mother said. "I will always love her and I miss her and I'll be glad when she does come home."

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