The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on September 19, 2004 · ZH1
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ZH0919-A-ZH@1 -Composite Proof 09/18/2004 0:13 0:00 RZH0919ZH1FZH0919ZH1 N.FULTON-NORTHSIDE 1ZH 1ZH RR RR *SZH19ZH001CY* *SZH19ZH001CY* *SZH19ZH001MA* *SZH19ZH001MA* *SZH19ZH001YE* *SZH19ZH001YE* *SZH19ZH001KB* *SZH19ZH001KB* BlueRedYellowBlack Blue RedYellowBlack H WHERE’S PATRICE? KIMBERLY SMITH / Staff Richard Tamber hasn’t seen his daughter, Patrice Endres, since mid-April when she disappeared from Tamber’s Trim-N-Tan, her hair and tanning salon in Forsyth County. On his left breast pocket is a button with her photo. “America’s Most Wanted” is interested in the case. T By MARCIA LANGHENRY / hat morning, when Patrice Endres arrived at her salon — Tamber’s Trim-N-Tan — she seemed upbeat, much as she always did, customers recalled. About 11:45, she walked to the back room and put her lunch in the microwave that shares space with a washer and dryer, refrigerator, coffeemaker, Redken shampoo and rods for shaping permanent waves. But minutes later when her noon appointment arrived, the Forsyth County salon was empty. Out front, Endres’ car was out of place, parked at an odd angle. Her purse and car keys were on a desk. The cash drawer was out and the money was gone. So was Patrice. In the five months since she vanished, investigators have received hundreds of leads, and the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” has expressed interest in the case. But if anyone knows what prevented Endres from greeting her next client that spring day with her warm, toothy smile, they aren’t saying. Only one witness has come forward — a woman who was driving through Matt, a one- intersection community in rural northwest Forsyth County — on April 15, the day Endres disappeared. The woman said she saw a black SUV and a white cargo van parked nose-to-nose blocking the front door of Endres’ salon. As she passed in her convertible, the woman said she craned to look back and saw a man walking around to the driver’s side of the van. Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton calls the witness “credible,” and cellphone records place the witness in the area at 11:54. Fliers showing a drawing of the man she described, a photo of a similar van and snapshots of Endres are still plastered on windows and counters in gas stations and grocery stores throughout North Georgia and into Tennessee. A searchable database built for the investigation houses more than 1,000 items connected to the case from more than 700 leads and 300 interviews. And tucked away in one of eight boxes the sheriff’s office has on the case is a note Endres left on her husband, Rob’s, car before leaving that morning. “The best,” she wrote, “is yet to come.” For Kyleen Kramer, her sister’s disappearance is particularly painful because Endres had worked so hard to turn her life around. “She had been on the straight and narrow for so long,” Kramer said. Although they were always 700 leads, 5 months, 1 mystery Patrice Tamber Endres _________________________________________________________________________________________________ ➤ Please see MISSING, ZH4 By JEFFRY SCOTT Deacon Joseph Ruberte makes the rounds once or twice a week visiting his parishioners, most of them poor Hispanic day laborers who live in apartments in Sandy Springs. “Sometimes what you see will break your heart,” says Ruberte, a burly ex- Marine and pastoral director of Holy Spirit Catholic Center on Northwood Drive in Sandy Springs. “You will see a run-down place with rats and three adult men sleeping in the same room.” That image is sharply at odds with the image the community of Sandy Springs has of itself as a thriving upscale community. But government leaders and civic groups say it is, nevertheless, an accurate depiction of a growing problem in the northern Atlanta suburb, where about 10 percent of the population (86,000) is Hispanic or Latino. The largely poor community lives in badly maintained apartments under crowded conditions that violate county codes. And those rundown properties, say activists, threaten to erode other real estate values. “They are being exploited, conned into renting these properties — and that’s hurting everybody,” says Eva Galambos, who heads the Committee for Sandy Springs, an organization that has pushed to have the community incorporated. Galambos’ group and two other Sandy Springs civic organizations, Sandy Springs Revitalization Inc. and the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, PHIL SKINNER / Staff A van draws job seekers at Northwood Drive and Roswell Road. Such activity causes troublesome congestion. Sandy Springs battles blight Overcrowding hurts Latinos, community _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ➤ Please see SANDY SPRINGS, ZH9 UPDATE THE STORY SO FAR ➤ Previously: Civic and neighborhood groups met last month to discuss run-down, overcrowded apartments in Sandy Springs. ➤ The latest: The county wants all apartment complexes inspected within a year. ➤ What’s next: That proposal could be introduced to county commissioners Oct. 6. THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CHECK FOR BREAKING NEWS UPDATES AT AJC.COM SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2004 ajc The Atlanta Journal-Constitution North ZH Side NORTH FULTON, EAST COBB, DUNWOODY, FORSYTH H Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, a legendary R&B group, performed for the more than 300 people who attended Mel Pender’s Celebrity Golf and Tennis Tournament kickoff gala. INSIDE TODAY Take to task ZH6-7 On the town A weekly look at what’s broken, who’s responsible for making the repairs — and what’s been fixed. ZH2 Catching up/looking ahead Our grid outlines the actions taken by local government. We also preview a rezoning issue that could pave the way for Cobb County’s first high-rise residential tower. ZH11 School calendar DeKalb schools are considering two calendars for the 2005-06 year and are seeking feedback from parents. ZH3

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