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She danced at the Cheetah and several other clubs, Kramer said. “I just didn’t approve of that lifestyle, and she knew it,” Kramer said. But in 1988, after the birth of her son, Delves Wade “Pistol” Black, Endres changed. She had always wanted to be a hairdresser and went back to school to learn the trade. She also met Rob Endres, who was 20 years older. They opened her shop in 1996. The following March they married and honeymooned at Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., returning every year on a Harley. Rob Endres said he liked spoiling Patrice and she liked being spoiled. In a year or two, they planned to buy a place in Flagler Beach, Fla., and open a bed-and-breakfast. It was a win-win, Endres said, for a couple who often coordinated the colors they wore and whose wedding rings bear the inscription “Patrice and Rob forever.” Pistol chooses Dad The picture of the couple’s relationship that Rob Endres paints is incomplete, Kramer said. Patrice Endres vacationed and visited family with her son, who is now 16, or with her husband, but never with both, she said. “What kind of family life is that?” Kramer said. After Patrice disappeared, Rob Endres sent Pistol to live with her family in Trussville, Ala., northeast of Birmingham. His work on the second shift as a maintenance supervisor in Conyers and mornings spent in the search for his wife left no time to look after the boy, he said. For a month, the teenager lived with grandfather Richard Tamber, 62, who owns Tamburro’s Belle Notte, an Italian restaurant. On weekends, Pistol stayed with Patrice Endres’ brother Rich Tamber, who lives nearby. But in May, a day short of taking his final exams, Pistol chose to live with his 62-year- old father, Don Black, in Douglasville, Rich Tamber said. In June, Black petitioned the Superior Court in Cherokee County, where the Endre- ses lived, for legitimation of Pistol and control of Patrice Endres’ assets. Attempts to reach Black for this article were unsuccessful. Records show that a court- appointed legal guardian recommended legitimation, and that order awaits a judge’s signature. After Black and Rob Endres worked out some details, the court named Endres conservator of his wife’s estate. The Tambers never sought custody of Pistol and have not talked to him since Black drove to Alabama to pick the teenager up four months ago, Kramer said. Did she run away? A couple of months ago, someone said they spotted Patrice Endres dancing at a club in South Carolina. Two investigators checked it out, but the dancer just looked like Patrice. Sheriff Paxton doesn’t think Endres ran away. People he talked to agreed she was “overwhelmingly dedicated” to her son, he said. She had some money in business and personal accounts and deposited more the day before she disappeared, he said. Her accounts going back a year didn’t yield any insight. There was also $270 in a hidden pocket in her wallet, which was left behind. “Only she would have known about that money,” Paxton said. “Not that much, but still it was money she could have bought a plane ticket with.” He believes it is more likely that one or more abductors kidnapped her, but says he has little evidence. “I go back to the crime scene itself,” he said. “It was so void of anything for us to go on.” While the mystery remains, Paxton said investigators are “relatively certain” they have ruled out the “inner circle” — those closest to a victim who are always scrutinized most closely as potential suspects. Patrice Endres’ family has been critical of the investigation and lack of communication. Kramer circulated a letter opposing the sheriff’s campaign for re-election. But just before the election, his opponent was indicted on federal charges, making her endorsement moot, Kramer said. Paxton said he understands the family’s position, but Rob Endres is Patrice’s next of kin and is the person his office communicates with. “If and until that day comes when we can give them closure, or Patrice,” he said, “they’re not going to be happy with anything else.” Keeping hope alive Kramer said she dreams of her sister and cries while commuting from Dacula to Buckhead. She found a psychic in Arkansas with experience in helping solve mysteries. She sent the woman a handwriting sample and a photograph. Based on the woman’s visions, Kramer has searched on her own. The latest sketch resembled the Buford Dam and sent Kramer into a heavily wooded area, despite her fear of snakes. “Aunt Patrice is lost and we’re going to find her,” she explains to her 4-year-old daughter, Brianna. At the sheriff’s office in Cumming, leads still trickle in every week or so. “Unfortunately,” said Paxton, “they’ve all gone to dead ends.” When acquaintances from Patrice’s dancing days were interviewed, each led to three or four more in a “mushrooming effect,” the sheriff said. Paxton gives Rob Endres credit for his continuing efforts. In addition to securing “America’s Most Wanted’s” interest, he held car washes to add to the reward fund, which stands at $17,000. The reward is for his wife’s safe return or for information leading to a conviction. If it is not used after two years, the money will be returned to donors, Endres said. “In reality it’s about the most sickening thing you can see in your life is to see your wife on ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ ” Endres said, “but they have 12 million viewers.” Just last week, Endres was the missing person featured at the end of Nancy Grace’s Court TV show “Closing Arguments.” Salon up for rent Uncertain what the mortgage company will do with their Cherokee County house, which is in her name, Endres is moving into an apartment in Conyers. The salon is up for rent. Last Sunday, Patrice Endres’ father and siblings went through the musty beauty shop’s small lavender rooms, unlocked for the TV crew to come tape a reenactment of what investigators believe happened there April 15. Richard Tamber, her father, waited outside most of the afternoon, unaware that the show’s producers had delayed shooting for a few weeks. He said he’s not convinced he wants the “closure” he hears others talk about, the kind that could come when a national crime show is broadcast and leads start to come in again. These days, Tamber says, he wakes up angry. People tell him that’s normal. But mechanically at night, in a room in the back of his house, his eyes move mechanically from the TV to a pair of large windows facing onto the deck. “It’s the funniest thing,” he says. “For some reason — and you’ll think I’m crazy — but for some reason, I think I’m going to look out through those two windows and see my daughter there.” Missing: Sheriff, family still wonder, ‘Where is Patrice?’ KIMBERLY SMITH / Staff Kyleen Kramer , the sister of Patrice Endres , has consulted an Arkansas psychic to help find the missing woman. A recent vision resembled the Buford Dam and sent Kramer into a heavily wooded area, despite her fear of snakes. Family photo Patrice Endres and her son, Delves Wade “Pistol” Black, in an undated photo. ➤ Continued from ZH1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ KIMBERLY SMITH / Staff Every day since April 15 has been a waiting day for the family of Patrice Endres (from left) brothers Brian Tamber and Richard Tamber , and her father, also named Richard .

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