Overview of Patrice Endres
Patrice Endres was a mother, wife, daughter, and friend to those in her inner circle.
To the public, she was a businesswoman; owning her own salon for 8 years in Cummings, Georgia. She took immense pride in her business and loved to make the people around her feel their best.
The day Patrice vanished.
April 15, 2004, was a seemingly normal day for Patrice. That morning, she dropped her son, Pistol off at high school but they were running late. Pistol and Patrice got into a short and light argument because he wanted to get to school early to talk to his girlfriend before classes started. When she dropped him off, she told him she loved him, like every other day.
Patrice then heads to her salon, Tamber’s Trim ‘N Tan, and based on her appointment book she has her first client appointment of the day at 9 am. The client arrived ten minutes early and recalls that she ‘seemed distracted’ and was not as attentive as usual. The first appointment finished by 11:05 am. Her next appointment started at 11:10 and was over by 11:27 am. While that client was leaving the salon, he got a phone call which was verified by police via phone records.
A client called at 11:35 am to change their appointment, the client recalled that Patrice was short with her during the call which lasted approximately 2 minutes. Per phone records, the next call at the salon came in at 11:50 am - but the call was never answered, which was unusual for Patrice.
When Patrice was discovered missing.
A witness would tell police they saw a black SUV and a white cargo van parked in front of Patrice’s salon blocking the front door. Another witness informed police that while driving past the salon they saw a man walking around to the driver's side of the cargo van. However, a witness would later recant this story.
Patrice missed her 11:30 am appointment. By noon, a client called the police because the salon was empty but the circumstances seemed strange. Patrice would be reported missing by her co-workers because it was highly out of character. The police arrived on the scene at the salon and did a search. Upon arrival, they noticed the cash register was left open with money missing. However, Patrice’s car keys and purse were left out on the counter while she was about to warm up her lunch from home. Police did not find any signs of forced entry or blood.
The next day, local police set up a roadblock where they spent several hours interviewing motorists passing through the area Patrice was last seen. Later that day, a press conference was held. Investigators told the public about points of interest they found in and around her salon including her car being parked at a strange angle, how the register was found, and her keys and purse being left out on the counter. Police were able to determine that Patrice was abducted sometime between 11:40 am and 12:10 pm.
On April 20, 2004, law enforcement conducted a search of the Cherokee County, GA area along highway 372 and Etowah River. At this point in the investigation, all leads were exhausted but they kept searching. In May 2004, the FBI became involved with Patrice’s case and tested a fingerprint found on Patrice’s car. No match is found on the first set of prints, but make a second attempt - later determined to belong to a mechanic who changed her car oil a few days prior. The FBI announced that they are building a psychological profile of the unknown suspect.
Patrice’s husband, Rob is interviewed by police. Rob told police that Patrice’s salon was approximately 45 minutes away from Woodstock, where he got gas. He also told police that there was a turnstile at work that recorded the time he came in.
On December 6, 2005, Patrice’s remains were discovered while law enforcement was conducting a search in a rural wooded area behind a church in Dawsonville, GA. The location is approximately 6 miles away from her salon, and her case is reclassified from missing to homicide.
Where the case stands today.
In October 2020, Patrice’s case was featured in Netflix’s reboot of Unsolved Mysteries which brought more attention to her case. Oddly enough, three different serial killers confessed to killing Patrice; but those confessions were later recanted. Law enforcement has asked for the public’s help to come forward if they recognize Patrice’s wedding ring which has never been recovered. A photo of Patrice’s wedding can be found in the ‘How You Can Help’ section.
If you have any information relating to Patrice Endres’ missing person case, please contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation