Missing: Teleka Patrick



Case Overview

Dr. Teleka Patrick has not been seen since December 5, 2013, when a hotel shuttle driver dropped her off at her gold 1997 Lexus at around 8 pm. The car was parked at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI--Dr. Patrick started working there this summer and it was the first of a four year medical residency in Psychiatry.

Two hours later, the Indiana State Police arrived to find Dr. Patrick's Lexus abandoned on the Westbound side of I-94 in a ditch. Reportedly, the woman's vehicle had a flat tire and the keys were missing.

Later, her parents found her purse and cell phone at medical center where she worked.
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I think this case illustrates why missing persons are the most difficult type of investigation.

Did Dr. Patrick encounter someone after the car problem and this is a crime?

Was she having problems with someone prior to that and her disappearance is the result of a crime?

With missing persons that do transition into crimes, the initial crime scene is often contaminated by the time investigators return and start processing it for clues.

Was she having personal problems and just decided to run-away from life for awhile?

Similar to the news story yesterday where a homeless man in Washington DC was identified as a missing person from New York (Nicholas Simmons), people sometimes flee life and tell no one.

I remember speaking to an investigator who worked on a local missing man case. The guy had just vanished. Investigators were certain they could find something on his computer or in speaking to his friends and family, but the case went stale. A couple of years later the missing man returned. He said that he bought a bus ticket to Baltimore and had lived in various homeless shelters since then.

People make irrational decisions.

It was reported that Dr. Patrick borrowed money and then was given a ride to a local hotel. She was then told that she did not have enough cash for a room, and that was when the hotel shuttle driver transported her back to her car.

Why would someone want to rent a hotel room when their apartment was only minutes away?

Why would she borrow money and leave her purse behind?

Does she have medical issues that make her a danger to herself?

The shuttle driver reportedly said that she seemed nervous and appeared to be ducking between cars in the parking lot.

A few days ago, it was released that gospel singer Marvin Sapp had received a personal protection order against Dr. Patrick. Sapp stated that Patrick repeatedly tried to communicate with him, had claimed to be his wife, and had contacted his teenage children.

Also, unusual YouTube videos and a Twitter account may also provide information as to the missing woman.

So, is Dr. Patrick's disappearance the result of a crime, a choice by her, or someone in need of medical assistance?

Sadly and with what is the norm for many missing persons,  investigators and family members are left with more questions than answers.
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Note: Blogger friend Kimi from Faith Looks Up directed me to the effort by Dr. Patrick's family to raise funds to help defer the costs of a private investigator that was hired to assist with the case. If you are interested in helping, go to the FindTeleka site here.

21 comments:

ladyfi said...

It makes me so sad to read about this...

Pat Hatt said...

To pick up and disappear for a while might be nice, but you should tell someone. They have to be hard cases as so many questions.

Alyssa G said...

That's crazy about the homeless guy/newspaper, his family was very lucky!

Bossy Betty said...

Lots of frustrating questions in these kinds of cases....

messymimi said...

So sad and scary, for her family and, if she's still around, for her.

lisa said...

Does it strike anyone as odd that she is doing a residency in Psychiatry? Reports of her behavior would indicate she may be in need of medical assistance. I hope she's found soon.

Carol Kilgore said...

If I were a detective, this kind of thing would make me crazy. Anything is possible.

Brian Miller said...

lots of threads to this one...and so many unanswered questions...def can see how missing persons would be hard until you started finding some puzzle pieces.....

Stephanie Faris said...

So sad. I am a big fan of "Disappeared" on Investigation Discovery. There is something very haunting about someone who just disappears into thin air.

I have one for you--not sure if you can gather enough info. on it, but it hasn't appeared on any of the shows. Her name is Holly Bobo. Stunningly beautiful teenage girl who disappeared from her home one morning in broad daylight. Her brother told police he saw her being dragged across the yard by a guy in camouflage. They found her purse later.

Kimi said...

Hey Slam Dunks and Happy New Year! Good to read your blog again. I had to, especially since this post hits almost near to home. I know the parents and have blogged about Dr. Patrick. Her missing case has raised a lot more questions than answers but we are being hopeful. Thank you for writing about her case. The more people are aware of her missing, the likelihood of her being found. It has been over a month but we're hoping. To the negative reports, unfortunately it will come up, but what's important is that she's found safe and alive. The family is seeking the public's help financially and if you can, please contribute to gofundme.com/findteleka. Thank you!

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

@ Stephanie: The Bobo case is a most unusual one. It is certainly appeared to be a kidnapping where one would expect police to find a body, but nothing. I posted on the case in the context of another disappearance and the link is here: Holly Bobo Case.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What am intriguing situation. Hard to tell what is really going on.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Yes. People do strange things sometimes. That's why when someone goes missing the police aren't as fast as the friends and family members wish they would be.

terri said...

There definitely are some really weird events leading up to her disappearance. It must be so hard for her family, not knowing what happened and where she is.

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Slam Dunks,

I'm sure you've heard this before, but *thanks* for what you do to highlight missing persons/hard to solve cases.

Praying for a speedy resolution to Dr. Patrick's case.

Maxi said...

There is a lot more to this story than officials can release to the public, Slam.

Those who are close to Dr. Patrick want to protect her.

blessings ~ maxi


Stina Lindenblatt said...

It's sad that there are so many questions and possible scenarios. Like Lisa, I find it ironic that a resident in Psychiatry is possibly struggling with a psychological disorder. But it's not like she'll clue into the signs and symptoms. Only her classmates and professors would be able to do that.

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
I agree...too many questions and nowhere close to have any answers...
And I can understand information being witheld by authorities and family.
Still, allowing more to be presented to the public might help to further the possibility of some LEADS in the case.

Stay safe

Momma Fargo said...

Sounds almost like schizophrenia to me. Sad case.

altheasarah said...

This is probably one of the saddest cases I've read in your blog :( The most affected people will always be her family - whether her disappearance was because of a crime or an escapade somewhere in the Maldives.

JJ.in.Phila said...

A sad and strange case.

One of the troubling parts is that she was accused of stalking. I agree with Lisa, et al., that there might be a psychological problem.

PS: I am glad you are back.