Patrice Endres was a mother, wife, daughter, and close friend to those who knew her.
She appeared to be a businesswoman, having run her own salon in Cummings, Georgia, for eight years. She took great pride in her company and enjoyed making those around her feel their best.
The day Patrice Endres Diappeared
Patrice had a seemingly normal day on April 15, 2004. She dropped her son, Pistol, off at high school that morning, but they were running late. Pistol and Patrice had a brief argument because he wanted to arrive at school early to talk to his girlfriend before classes began. Every day when she dropped him off, she told him she loved him.
Patrice then goes to her salon, Tamber’s Trim ‘N Tan, where she has her first client appointment of the day at 9 a.m., according to her appointment book. The client arrived ten minutes early and recalls that she’seemed distracted’ and wasn’t as attentive as usual. The first appointment was completed by 11:05 a.m. Her next appointment began at 11:10 a.m. and ended at 11:27 a.m. While that client was leaving the salon, he received a phone call, which police confirmed through phone records.
Patrice was short with the client during the call, which lasted approximately 2 minutes, when they called at 11:35 a.m. to change their appointment. The next call at the salon came in at 11:50 a.m., according to phone records, but it was never answered, which was unusual for Patrice.
When Patrice Endres was discovered missing
According to a witness, a black SUV and a white cargo van were parked in front of Patrice’s salon, blocking the front door. Another witness told police that he saw a man walking around to the driver’s side of the cargo van while driving past the salon. However, a witness later recanted the story.
Patrice was late for her 11:30 a.m. appointment. By noon, a client had called the police because the salon was empty, but the circumstances were odd. Patrice’s coworkers would report her missing because it was out of character. The police arrived at the salon and conducted a search. When they arrived, they discovered the cash register had been left open with money missing. Patrice’s car keys and purse, on the other hand, were left on the counter as she was about to warm up her lunch from home. Police discovered no evidence of forced entry or blood.
The next day, local police set up a roadblock and interviewed motorists passing through the area where Patrice was last seen. A press conference was held later that day. Investigators told the public about things they discovered in and around her salon, such as her car being parked at an unusual angle, how the register was discovered, and her keys and purse being left out on the counter. Patrice was kidnapped between 11:40 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., according to police.
On April 20, 2004, law enforcement conducted a search along Highway 372 and the Etowah River in Cherokee County, Georgia. At this point in the investigation, all leads had been exhausted, but they continued to look. The FBI became involved in Patrice’s case in May 2004 and tested a fingerprint found on Patrice’s car. There is no match on the first set of prints, but a second attempt is made, which is later determined to belong to a mechanic who changed her car oil a few days prior. The FBI announced that they are developing a psychological profile of the unidentified suspect.
Rob, Patrice’s husband, is being questioned by police. Patrice’s salon was about 45 minutes away from Woodstock, where Rob got gas, according to Rob. He also told police that at work, there was a turnstile that recorded the time he entered.
Patrice’s remains were discovered on December 6, 2005, while law enforcement was conducting a search in a rural wooded area behind a church in Dawsonville, GA. Her case has been reclassified from missing to homicide because the location is approximately 6 miles away from her salon.
Where the case stands today
Patrice’s case was featured in Netflix’s reboot of Unsolved Mysteries in October 2020, bringing more attention to her case. Surprisingly, three different serial killers confessed to killing Patrice, but their confessions were later retracted. Law enforcement has asked the public for assistance in identifying Patrice’s wedding ring, which has never been recovered. In the ‘How You Can Help’ section, there is a photo of Patrice’s wedding.
Please contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation if you have any information about Patrice Endres’ disappearance.