The body of missing Michigan Doctor, Teleka Patrick, has been identified according to Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller. USA Today reported that Fuller announced today in a news conference that the body pulled from an Indiana lake has been identified as that of Teleka Patrick.
Teleka Patrick was from Kalamazoo, Michigan and a first-year resident at Western Michigan University’s medical school and has been missing since early December. Original reports stated that Teleka had begun acting strangely after receiving a mysterious phone call.
According to an earlier report by The Inquisitr, family members said Teleka received a suspicious phone call the day before she disappeared. The phone call allegedly left Teleka feeling upset and the next day she was seen going into the Kalamazoo Radisson hotel. According to the hotel surveillance video, Teleka was unable to get a room so she took the hotel shuttle back to her car, which was reportedly parked in the Borgess Medical Center parking lot. The shuttle bus driver was the last person to see her alive. An FBI notice on Patrick’s disappearance read:
“On that same evening, Thursday, December 5, 2013, at approximately 10:00 p.m. (EST), Dr. Patrick’s vehicle, a light-gold 1997 Lexus ES 300, was found abandoned off the roadway in a ditch with a possible flat tire on I-94, mile marker 23, in Porter, Indiana. Dr. Patrick’s belongings were in the car, to include clothing items, a wallet that contained her driver’s license, credit cards, and a small amount of cash. Dr. Patrick failed to report to her regular shift at work the next day. Dr. Patrick has not been heard from since this time.”
After finding the car, the search for Teleka Patrick continued, though all leads turned up empty. It wasn’t until Sunday that a new lead surfaced. It was early Sunday when a fisherman called police with a report of something suspicious floating in the waters of Lake Charles in Porter Indiana according to ABC News. Indiana State Police and members of the SCUBA team, and Porter Fire and Rescue Department arrived on scene and later pulled the body of a female from the lake.
According to CBS News, the body was found 15 miles east of Gary, near where Teleka’s car had been discovered in early December. Police and FBI agents had previously searched the lake on January 23rd, though they found nothing related to the missing woman or her disappearance. Once the body was pulled from the lake, an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller announced today that the body was positively identified as that of 30-year-old Teleka Patrick. According to USA Today, Teleka appears to have drowned. Fuller stated that investigators found no signs of trauma or foul play on the body. The official cause and manner of death have not been released because they are pending toxicology results.
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