Last December, 33-year-old medical resident, Teleka Patrick disappeared after she was last seen dropping her car at the parking lot of the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Her abandoned gold Lexus was later found in a ditch off westbound I-94 near Portage, Indiana.
Early Sunday, a body was discovered by a fisherman in an Indiana Lake and it is believed to be Patrick’s, according to Jim Carlin, a private investigator hired by her family to assist in the search.
State police are saying it is too early to confirm anything without an autopsy. Although Carlin made mention that the cops have not officially identified the body, he believes it is hers.
“That’s my position,” Carlin said in relation to the identity of the body. “Obviously the family wants to have it confirmed with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.”
According to a news release issued by Indiana State Police, the body pulled from the lake by members of its SCUBA team was a woman dressed in dark pants and a dark top. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
Police searched Lake Charles in January when it was still frozen over, but that search did not reveal anything related to Patrick’s case. Last week, authorities also conducted a land search near where Patrick’s car was found. That search was also fruitless.