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Found Deceased: Teleka Cassandra Patrick - MI - 12/05/2013

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Name: Teleka Patrick
Alias Teleka Calderon
Date of Birth: 09/18/1983
Date Missing: 12/05/2013
Age at time of disappearance: 30
City Missing From: Kalamazoo
State Missing From: Michigan
Gender: Female
Race: African-American
Height: 5 ft 7 in
Weight: 160 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown


Clothing: She was last seen wearing a green top, black dress pants, a black pea-coat, and black shoes.


Circumstances of Disappearance: Teleka Patrick was last seen December 5 in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in downtown Kalamazoo, MI. Patrick was reported missing when she didn’t show up for work on Friday morning, December 6.

Her car was found abandoned in Indiana by a State Trooper late Thursday, December 5 night on I-94 West, just east of the Porter/Burns exit in Indiana. The car had a flat tire, and contained Teleka's wallet and ID.
On December 12, Indiana police used a bloodhound to trace her scent from where her car was found on north side of westbound I-94. This information leads investigators to believe she may have been picked up by another motorist.
Teleka is a first-year resident in Western Michigan University's medical school program. There has been no activity on her bank account since her disappearance.

Medical Conditions:

Investigative Agency: Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department
Agency Phone: (269) 383-8748

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Vigil scheduled for missing woman
Updated: Monday, December 16 2013, 04:03 PM EST

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Both in Indiana and in Michigan police continue to search for Teleka Patrick now missing for eleven days. 

Patrick was last seen getting into her car in the Borgess Medical Center parking lot in Kalamazoo Township on the fifth.

Later that night her car was found abandoned on the side of Interstate 94 in Porter County, Indiana.

Investigators have pieced together a timeline of what she did the night of Thursday the fifth when she was last seen.

They say At 7:25 she left Borgess where she is a resident of psychiatry. Deputies say she left her personal cell phone and work I.D. at her office.

A co-worker agreed to drive her to the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo.

At around 7:30 she tried to get a room at the Radisson but she didn't have enough money. At 8:00 the hotel shuttle drove her back to Borgess when she got into her car. Then later at 10:14 911 calls started coming to the Indiana State Police of an erratic driver going west on Interstate 94. Police believe the driver was Teleka Patrick and she was alone.

"A good thing for us is the information we received from the Indiana state police is that a single person was seen in the vehicle when the reports were coming in of the erratic driving,” says Kalamazoo County Sheriff Rick Fuller.

Ten minutes later her car was spotted parked, empty, 40 feet off the road at mile marker 23. Her family tells us that was then they realized she could be in real danger. “When they reported on Tuesday they found her car in a ditch, that took me for a loop, I was devastated, hysterically crying," says Teleka’s mother Irene Patrick. Indiana State Police say they again today interviewed people all around where the car was abandoned hoping someone saw her.

"One of the things we know from the information they're giving us is that it appears to them someone left the vehicle and walked straight back to the highway 40 feet and that's where the trail was lost," says Fuller. Investigators say they also have searched her apartment and say she appears to have left all her belongings and didn't pack anything.

Family has set up social media accounts for the search for Teleka on Facebook ( and Twitter, @findteleka) and also a fundraising website, ( There is a vigil planned for Teleka Monday night at the Trinity Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1616 East G. Avenue in Parchment from 6 to 7.

If you have any information about Teleka's disappearance or have seen her in the past week, you are asked to call Indiana State Police at 219.696.6242 or the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department at 269.383.8748. 

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FBI issues Missing Persons Bulletin for Teleka Patrick; Parents issue statement
By Theresa Ghiloni
on December 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM, updated December 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a missing persons bulletin for Dr. Teleka Patrick asking persons with any information in the disappearance of the 30-year-old medical resident to call the Detroit field office.

While the FBI joins the continual search for Patrick, who disappeared the evening of Dec. 5th, her parents are praying for her safe return before the upcoming holidays.

Teleka Patrick's parents, Mattahais and Irene Patrick, issued this statement Friday:

Teleka has been missing for 15 days and this nightmare still isn't over.

While we are thankful for your coverage of Teleka's story, we are still desperate to find her. Our hearts are aching with the thought that we may not have her in our arms for Christmas. Christmas is a time for family and ours won't be complete unless she is here with us laughing and smiling.

We are still working with the Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department, the Indiana State Police and our private investigator. We don't know which makes her disappearance that much scarier. The $10,000 reward has been posted for any information leading to Teleka being found.

The details surrounding her disappearance are so murky that we can't help but speculate the worst. Our questions have gone from WHERE is she, to WHO has her? How is it possible for a 30 year old physician to just simply disappear? We are confused and heartbroken. We are so frightened, and can't imagine what Teleka must be feeling. The fear of not being with family, lost and alone. WHERE IS SHE???

We pray every second of every hour that she is not just alive but safe.


Police have obtained warrants to for Patrick's work and personal email accounts and report that there has been no activity on her bank accounts or credit cards.

According to information provided by the social media campaign to find Teleka Patrick, police are also working to obtain warrants to access to Patrick's phone records. She reportedly received a troubling call the day before she went missing while attending a lecture.

On Dec. 12 Indiana police used a bloodhound to trace Patrick's scent from where her car was found on north side of westbound I-94 on the night of her disappearance directly into the road. This information leads investigators to believe Patrick was picked up by another motorist.

Persons with any information related to Patrick's disappearance are asked to contact the FBI through your local FBI office, or call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269-383-8748, Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242, or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or

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Michigan doctor's disappearance stumps investigators

Emma Ockerman, Detroit Free Press 10:25 p.m. EST December 29, 2013

Teleka Patrick, 30, a first-year resident, was last seen Dec. 5.

DETROIT — Irene Patrick anxiously paced her home Christmas Day, with one question in mind: Where was her daughter, Teleka?

It had been 20 days since anyone heard from her.

Teleka Patrick, 30, a first-year resident in Western Michigan University's medical school program, was last seen Dec. 5 in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, where she worked. Her car was found later in a ditch 100 miles away in Indiana.

According to investigators, Patrick vanished without a trace, leaving her family and friends searching for answers.

"She's one fine girl I'll love for the rest of my life," Irene Patrick said Friday from her home in Kissimmee, Fla. She hired a private investigator to assist in the case, which is being handled by the Indiana State Police, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.

"The family is currently heavily involved in looking for evidence," Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said. "We're ...seeking out information and taking it in different directions. There isn't enough information to speculate."

Here's what authorities say they've pieced together so far in the time leading up to Patrick's disappearance:

After finishing her shift around 7 Borgess, Patrick got a ride from a male co-worker to the downtown Radisson Hotel. She was seen on surveillance footage at the hotel wearing a black hoodie and black slacks, and attempted to check into a room. She had no identification, only cash and ended up leaving.

The hotel's shuttle service took her back to the medical center to get her car, a light-gold 1997 Lexus ES 300, just after 8 p.m.

Her car was found in a ditch off I-94 in Portage, Ind., around 10 p.m. Central Standard Time, after Indiana State Police received a call about a vehicle driving erratically. The car contained her wallet and identification, but no car keys. The car had a flat tire, but was otherwise undamaged. She was reported missing the following morning, when she failed to arrive at work.

The state police took a bloodhound to the scene Dec. 12, and the dog traced her steps back to the freeway and stopped.

The question, investigators say, is what caused her to drive more than 100 miles west without her cell phone and purse and without alerting her friends and family. She had purchased an airline ticket to visit her parents in Florida and was supposed to arrive Dec. 23.

"There has to be some triggering event to make a person in their 30s leave their phone anywhere," said Carl Clatterbuck, the Kalamazoo private investigator. "Phones for anyone between the ages of 14 and 35 are a large part of their life, to leave it means that you're leaving all of your friends, relatives, all of your connection to the world. That suggested to me that she wanted to be away from something, and to not be tracked."

Clatterbuck said Patrick received a phone call the day before she disappeared that may have agitated her, but he was told that there was "nothing remarkable" to be seen in her phone records. Clatterbuck confirmed that she had an "on-again, off-again" boyfriend, but he is not a suspect and the two were on good terms. Patrick's ex-husband, Clatterbuck said, also is not a suspect because they haven't had any contact in two years.

However, YouTube videos surfaced this week of Patrick singing to a suspected love interest at her home in the Gull Run Apartments. One video, posted to an account titled "sandra3000cassie" in early November, shows a breakfast she made for the person and her saying, "I just wanted to show you what I made, first I start with, if you were here, this is what would be your plate," panning to a table set for two, with orange juice, Morningstar veggie bacon, pancakes and omelets. In another video, she refers to the person she's addressing as "baby" or "love."

Irene Patrick said she didn't know to whom Teleka Patrick was referring in the videos.

"She didn't tell me about her private life; she was an adult," Irene Patrick said. "But I wish she had."

Teleka Patrick was raised in New York, attended the Bronx High School of Science and had a scholarship offer from Harvard, her parents said. She attended Oakwood University in Alabama and left Loma Linda University in California this past spring with her medical degree and doctorate in biochemistry. She had moved to Kalamazoo just six months ago to begin a four-year residency program for psychiatry at Western.

"People in the community spoke so highly of her," Irene Patrick said.

Clatterbuck said Teleka Patrick had no history of psychiatric issues.

He noted, however, that the residency program at Western is stressful.

"One of the components of that program is a lack of sleep," he said. "It's a standard first-year residency program. But we don't know what is agitating her, we don't know what was bothering her enough to want to go to the hotel."

The FBI is helping the other agencies publicize the case, said spokesman David Porter of the Detroit field office.

"It's been all over social media," Porter said.

According to the FBI's website, a poster has been shared nearly 3,500 times on Facebook. A Twitter account, @FindTeleka, has garnered nearly 1,000 followers. A fund-raiser titled #FindTeleka on has raised nearly $35,000 from almost 500 separate donations and will go toward search efforts.

The case has been featured on "Nancy Grace," "Good Morning America" and CNN.

Irene Patrick said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. She even received a message from a woman who lost her husband to cancer at Borgess. The woman described how Teleka Patrick comforted her during that difficult period.

"Tears were drawn to my eyes when I read that," Irene Patrick said. "I just want the public to search in every corner, I am so distraught."

Anyone who has information about Teleka Patrick's disappearance is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at 269-383-8748 or Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242 .

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Teleka Cassandra Patrick
MISSING SINCE: December 05, 2013
LAST SEEN: Kalamazoo, Michigan
SEX: Female
HEIGHT: 66.0 to 67.0 in 
WEIGHT: 155.0 to 160.0 lbs
EYES: Black

HAIR: Black

Contact Kalamazoo County Sheriff Office at 269-383-8748 with information.
Case #: 13-11016 NamUs MP #: 22883

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Teleka Patrick's mother assigned to her estate as search for missing Kalamazoo doctor continues


By Rex Hall Jr. 

on January 07, 2014 at 1:05 PM, updated January 07, 2014 at 1:34 PM


KALAMAZOO, MI – Dr. Teleka Patrick’s mother has been charged with ensuring that her daughter’s personal and financial affairs remain in order as the search for the missing Kalamazoo doctor continues.


Irene Patrick, 63, was appointed special conservator of Patrick’s estate Dec. 20 by Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Curtis Bell. In petitioning the conservatorship, Irene Patrick said in court documents that she was seeking a protective order from the court to gain access to her daughter’s “accounts, apartment and all other personal and financial information.”


In granting the petition, Bell found “clear and convincing evidence, (Teleka Patrick) is in need of a protective order because she is unable to manager her property and business affairs” following her Dec. 5 disappearance.


Bell's order, which expires Jan. 30, ordered that as special conservator Irene Patrick “shall investigate the nature of the assets and the extent of the outstanding debts, accumulate income and pay reasonable expenses as needed” and cooperate with police “regarding any and all real property of Teleka Patrick.”


Teleka Patrick stood at the front desk at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo for 14 minutes, trying to get a room there. She was ultimately denied.


In court documents, Irene Patrick said her daughter has no real property of value, has $50,000 in insurance and listed as “unknown” her monthly income and value of her personal property. Irene Patrick is being represented by Attorney Michael D. Holmes, of Kalamazoo.


Teleka Patrick, 30, in the first year of a four-year medical residency in psychiatry at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, was last seen Dec. 5 when she finished up a shift at Borgess Medical Center and got a ride from a co-worker to the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo.


She tried unsuccessfully to get a room at the hotel just after 7:30 p.m. that night and was given a ride by a hotel courtesy shuttle back to her car – a gold 1997 Lexus ES300 – in the Borgess parking lot.


Just after 10 p.m. that night, Indiana State Police responded to a report that Patrick’s Lexus had run off westbound I-94 and into a ditch near Portage, Ind.


Patrick was nowhere to be found, but police did find her wallet, credit cards and ID in the car. She was reported missing Dec. 6 when she failed to show up for work at Borgess. Her cellphone and purse were found at the hospital.


Since Dec. 5, the case of Patrick’s disappearance has presented more questions than answers.


Adding to the mystery are YouTube videos that surfaced recently showing Patrick talking and singing to an apparent love interest whom she does not identify in the videos.


Also, in September, Marvin Sapp, a well-known Grand Rapids pastor and gospel singer, filed a personal-protection order against Teleka Patrick accusing her of stalking him and, among other things, joining his church, coming to his home and making claims that he was her husband.


Jim Carlin, a private investigator from Battle Creek, has been hired by Patrick’s family to investigate her disappearance.


The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and the FBI are also continuing their investigation.


Police ask that anyone who may have information about Patrick's whereabouts call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at 269-383-8748, or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or

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Body Found Floating in Indiana Lake Linked to Missing Michigan Doctor

April 6, 2014

Police are investigating a possible link between a body recovered today in a town park in Indiana and Dr. Teleka Patrick, a Michigan woman who mysteriously vanished last December.

The body was spotted by a fisherman who reported to police that he had spotted something suspicious floating in Lake Charles, in the town of Porter, Ind., just after 7 a.m. today, authorities said.

A female body dressed in dark clothing was recovered from the lake by Indiana State Police and members of the SCUBA team and Porter Fire and Rescue Department who arrived at the scene.

There were "no obvious external signs of trauma to the body," Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said. "There is some decomposition, so it's hard to tell for sure."

The autopsy will be performed Tuesdayand the identification of body should be confirmed by Wednesday, he said.

Police said they could not positively identify the body until after the autopsy, but Patrick's family issued a statement saying authorities told them the body could be their daughter's.

"Our family was informed that a body was found that may be our daughter Teleka Patrick," the family said. "We are waiting for official confirmation from the Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department and have no comment at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers -- we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."

Patrick, 30, was a first-year medical resident in psychiatry at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was last seen on Dec. 5 around 8 p.m. in a surveillance video at a Radisson Hotel just five minutes from her home.

According to investigators, a Radisson hotel employee said she appeared agitated when he turned her away after she tried to pay for a room in cash.

Two hours later, more than 100 miles away, Patrick's car, a gold Lexus, was found in a ditch on the side of the road with a flat tire. Her wallet was inside, but no sign of car keys.

Patrick was reported missing the following day when she failed to turn up at her work, where investigators also later found Patrick's purse and cellphone.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and would not release any further details at this time.

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Sadly, Teleka has been found deceased. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

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Missing Michigan doctor likely drowned, autopsy shows

Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press 1:31 p.m. EDT April 9, 2014

A body pulled from an Indiana lake has been identified as a Michigan doctor who has been missing since December, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said Wednesday in a news conference.

Dr. Teleka Patrick of Kalamazoo, Mich., a first-year resident at Western Michigan University's medical school, appears to have drowned, he said. Investigators found no signs of trauma or foul play on the body, and the official cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results, Fuller said in Kalamazoo.

Patrick was last seen Dec. 5 leaving the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo where she was a first year resident in psychiatry working with mentally ill patients, including children.

A 1997 Lexus ES 300 belonging to Patrick, 30, was found abandoned a few hours later with a flat tire in a ditch along Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana, about 100 miles southwest of Kalamazoo. Motorists previously had called Indiana State Police, saying a motorist in a Lexus was driving erratically and at speeds up to 85 mph.

When Patrick didn't show up for work Dec. 6, a hospital staffer filed a missing person's report. By Dec. 10, authorities linked the car to Patrick but had not found her.

Fuller said Patrick had been "troubled" previously, checking herself into motels or hotels. Her body was found Sunday clothed with car keys, $100 cash and a pager. Her car had been found with her wallet and driver's license.

Investigators initially thought she was heading toward Chicago because she had mentioned a trip to Chicago to friends, but she apparently was going to St. Louis to meet an old acquaintance, police said.

Police and FBI agents previously had searched nearby Lake Charles on Jan. 23 for Patrick's body but the lake was covered with ice. The body hadn't been found then or in an April 1 search despite authorities breaking the ice and using sonar.

A fisherman on the one-acre lake about 15 miles east of Gary, Ind., and less than 100 yards from the car discovered Patrick's body less than a week after the most recent search, Fuller said.

"Teleka's death is not the ending we had hoped for," her family said in a statement on Facebook. "Teleka had a passion and zest for life and no matter the circumstances that led up to her death, we are certain that she would not have taken her own life. Many questions remain, but what is certain is that we will love her forever and her legacy will continue to live on in the love we show to others."

Unless additional information on Patrick's death is revealed, her case will be closed, Fuller said.

Patrick had moved to Kalamazoo in July. When medical school officials interviewed her, she indicated that she had a fiancé and wanted to be closer to that person, Fuller said.

It's unclear whom she was talking about, but in September well-known gospel singer Marvin Sapp filed a personal protection order against Patrick, saying that she moved from California to Michigan, joined his church in Grand Rapids, Mich., contacted his children and claimed he was her husband. The order accused Patrick of stalking.

Sapp wrote that he has nearly 400 pages of correspondence from Patrick. He said the behavior had gone on for at least a year.

In January, Fuller called Sapp "an innocent victim of an apparent stalking."

Patrick's ex-husband, Ismael "Smiley" Calderon, said in January that Patrick suffered from delusions and paranoia and told him that before they met she heard voices, which she thought was God's voice. He said she wouldn't seek help.

Patrick and Calderon married in 2006 and their divorce was final in 2012, according to California court records.

Her divorce lawyer, David Stringer of San Bernardino, Calif., described Patrick as bright and talented and said he didn't recall Calderon mentioning that Patrick suffered from mental-health issues.

She had a medical degree and doctorate in biochemistry and began her four-year residency program in psychiatry at Western Michigan in June or July, her family said.

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