KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kalamazoo County Sheriff says the case of missing doctor Teleka Patrick is likely closed.
The Indiana State Police have confirmed that the body found in Lake Charles, east of Gary, is that of Teleka Patrick.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff says that there were no signs of trauma and it is likely that Patrick died from drowning, but they are still awaiting further toxicology reports. The sheriff says that barring any further information, the case is now closed.
Dr. Teleka Patrick disappeared in early December and her car was found along I-94 in Porter County in Indiana. Investigators originally thought she was heading towards Chicago, but apparently was actually headed to St. Louis to meet an old acquaintance. She had told friends about Chicago, but was misleading them. Investigators say that she left Kalamazoo on her own free will and had been troubled on the night of December 5, 2013, when she was last seen.
Rumors had circulated earlier this year that Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and Michigan pastor Marvin Sapp may have been involved in Patrick's disappearance. Police later said this was not the case. Sapp had taken out a protection order against Patrick. Undersheriff Paul Matyas told WZZM in March, "Mr. Sapp has been nothing but cooperative. He Is an innocent victim of stalking in this incident."
Teleka's family released the following statement on Facebook:
"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness."Lamentations 3:22-23
Over the past several months, you have gotten to know Teleka Cassandra Patrick. You've gotten to know her how we knew her and you've seen her bright and caring smile. She was beautiful, intelligent, and God-fearing. You've prayed for Teleka, cried for Teleka, and worked to find Teleka and we thank you. We thank you for walking this difficult journey with our family.
Teleka's death is not the ending we had hoped for, however, the journey does not end here. As we mourn Teleka, we must also honor her; honor the life she led, honor her kind spirit and honor her devotion to God and others. 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.
Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy in this difficult time.
The Patrick Family