Ex-husband says Patrick’s death a tragedy
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent April 9, 2014 11:12PM
Updated: May 11, 2014 9:55AM
Teleka Patrick’s ex-husband, Ismael Calderon, said Wednesday he was saddened and in a state of shock to hear investigators had confirmed it was Patrick’s body discovered Sunday in Lake Charles in Porter
“There’s still a lot of unanswered questions, like how it happened,” said Calderon, 36, a member of the support staff for the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.
“Regardless, this is a tragedy to find her dead. I just can’t see how she could have fallen into a lake.”
Calderon said the two met through the dating website Match.com. They married in 2006 and separated three years later, divorcing in 2012.
“We really connected deeply with our writing, our music and our thoughts,” he said.
Though he had not spoken to Patrick in several years and last saw her in court during their divorce proceedings, Calderon said Patrick’s family called him in December when she disappeared.
In the weeks after her disappearance, Calderon said he believed that either she was dead or being held against her will. Noting that results of an autopsy on Patrick are still preliminary, Calderon said he hopes investigators can definitively rule out foul play.
“The most important thing at this juncture is focusing on the memory of Teleka and consoling her family, and the more mundane thing of having researchers do what they can for a more comprehensive autopsy,” he said.
He finds it particularly difficult to understand how and why she ended up in the lake and was unable to get out. She knew how to swim, he said, because they often went swimming while they lived in Corona, Calif.
“My heart goes out to the family. I’m in shock that she would have drowned in this manner, unless her state of mind was very fragile. I don’t know how this could turn out this way,” he said.
Calderon said he is “unsatisfied” with the answers in the mystery that surrounded Patrick’s death so far, and added more needs to be done to fill in the unknowns.
“This is a tragedy no matter what,” he said.