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Donna G. Smith

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Samatha Baremore ~ A Beautiful Smile, Still Missing

Samatha has been missing since April 6, 2004 from Winston-Salem NC. She was last seen leaving in a taxi from Sugar Bares VIP club on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive where she worked as a stripper. She is 5'6" and weighs 115 pounds. She has a tattoo of her dead father's name on her thigh. Her family nickname is "Pinky". She dances under the name "Sunshine".

Winston-Salem Journal Reporter Patrick Wilson interviewed Samatha’s mother, Barbara Ashe, a portion of that interview follows:

A mother's instincts: "She's no longer here"
Barbara Ashe remembers clearly the talk she had with her daughter at the family home in Lexington six years ago, after Samatha Baremore had moved to Winston-Salem to become a stripper.

If you keep living the life you're living in Winston-Salem, Ashe angrily told her daughter, you'll end up dead. Four years later, in April 2004, Baremore disappeared. Now, after two emotion-filled years of searching, traveling and posting fliers, Ashe's instincts as a mother are painful.

"I just feel in my heart that she's no longer here," she said. Her mother said she knows that Baremore wouldn't leave without a trace - not without calling to check on her daughter, Alexis, now 11, and not without calling the family to let them know that she was all right. But the pain of not knowing, she said, cannot be described.

A woman called "Sunshine"
Baremore's family first thought that something was wrong when her sister, Walt-Tex Baremore, went to the club about 11 p.m. on April 8 to pick her up. Baremore didn't have a car, and her sister often picked her up before family birthdays and holidays. But an employee said that Baremore wasn't there.

So Walt-Tex Baremore went back the next night, April 9. When an employee said he hadn't seen Baremore at work for a few days, Walt-Tex Baremore called their mother to tell her that something was wrong.

On April 10, the day before Easter, Walt-Tex Baremore joined Samatha's other sister, Erricka, and another relative, Althea Brodie, and they looked for her in Winston-Salem. Brodie, a niece of Baremore's father, has raised Baremore's daughter since 1999.

They went to clubs, housing projects and gas stations asking if anyone knew a dancer named Sunshine. They drove to the apartment off Silas Creek Parkway where Baremore lived with her boyfriend, Cedrick Bobby Lemon.

Inside the apartment, they found Baremore's possessions, including her dance bag, packed up near the door. Walt-Tex Baremore said she knew her sister wouldn't have left without her dance bag if she was going far.
"She always took that bag with her," she said.

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