A woman’s body was recovered from a northwestern Indiana lake Sunday, and has now been identified as that of missing Michigan doctor Teleka Patrick. The cause of death is still pending further investigation, though an autopsy revealed no signs of trauma.
Patrick, 30, of Kalamazoo, disappeared on December 5th, and was last seen in the parking lot of Kalamazoo’s Borgess Medical Center, only to apparently drive to Indiana before vanishing. Later in the night on Dec. 5, police found Patrick’s gold 1997 Lexus ES300 in a ditch on westbound I-94 in Indiana, near the Porter/Burns Harbor.
According to Indiana State Police, divers pulled Patrick’s body from Lake Charles in Porter, roughly 15 miles east of Gary. Police and FBI agents had searched the same lake on January 23.
Around the time of her disappearance, Patrick had been accused of stalking popular, Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp. Sapp came forward to reveal that he’d in the past filed a restraining order against Patrick, and that she had claimed him as her husband, had moved from California to Michigan, joined his church, had contacted his children and had been to his home. Sapp said in his complaint, “I have at least 400 pages of correspondence from her which I have never responded.”
Video of Patrick seemingly addressing a mystery man have appeared online, which might lead to speculation that Sapp may have been the object of the doctor’s cooing.
Regardless of the videos and restraining order revelation, Patrick’s mother has stated that she wasn’t aware of Taleka being involved in any romantic relationship.
Patrick’s family hired private investigator Carl Clatterback, who told CNN that he’s looking into the videos. The question of who Patrick was actually directing her clips to still remains. Investigators believe the intended viewer might have some answers regarding Patrick’s death.
Patrick’s family had launched a Facebook page entitled “Find Teleka.” It has since been changed to “Remembering Teleka.”
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