Missing Michigan doctor mystery could be solved
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 April 8, 2014 6:03PM
Dr. Teleka Patrick
Updated: May 10, 2014 6:26AM
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s office are both making announcements at 9 a.m. Wednesday on the identification of a woman’s body found Sunday in Lake Charles in Porter.
The joint announcements suggest the autopsy findings may confirm it’s the body of missing Kalamazoo resident, Dr. Teleka Patrick, last seen on Dec. 5.
Harris said he will send out a press release Wednesday morning, while about 114 miles away to the east, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard C. Fuller will hold a media conference on the Patrick investigation.
About 7 a.m. Sunday, Porter resident Kevin Crepps, 43, was fishing for bluegill at Lake Charles and saw what appeared to be a body floating in the water.
Crepps said the body was face down, about 15 to 20 feet from shore. He said the dead woman was wearing dark clothing and a black coat, similar to clothing that Patrick had worn.
Michigan news media swarmed to the small 1-acre lake Sunday, interviewing Crepps, Harris, and a private investigator hired by Patrick’s family.
Patrick, 30, left Kalamazoo on Dec. 5 and drove her 1997 Lexus west on Interstate 94. The car was found two hours later in a ditch near the Porter/Burns Harbor exit. Lake Charles is a about 75 yards from where Patrick’s car was found by Indiana State Police. It had a flat tire and police assumed the driver had received a ride.
About a week later, state police realized the missing vehicle belonged to Patrick who had been reported missing. In January, authorities searched Lake Charles without success. A second search took place on April 1.
Patrick was a first-year resident in a psychiatry program at Western Michigan University. She was last seen leaving the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo on Dec. 5.
Reports have suggested Patrick suffered from mental illness and delusions.
Grand Rapids-based gospel singer Marvin Sapp filed an order of protection against Patrick in September, contending that she was stalking him.