The body of missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick may have been found in a lake in Indiana on Sunday.
Police have not yet officially identified the body pulled Sunday morning from Lake Charles near the town of Porter, according to a release from the Indiana Sate Police.
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.
A call seeking comment from Patrick’s parents had not been returned as of 5:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon. While trying to contact Patrick’s sister, Tenesha Patrick, a family member answered and told a Gazette reporter that they were waiting for an autopsy to be conducted before confirming anything.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Rick Strong confirmed a body was found Sunday morning on the south side of the lake floating in the water, but said the identity cannot be confirmed until an autopsy is conducted.
“I don’t know who was saying she was found,” Strong said. “We have not identified her yet.”
However, when asked if the body was Patrick’s, Strong said it was “a possibility.”
“It’s what we told (Patrick’s) family out of courtesy, is it possible,” Strong said. “That’s why we called them. But until we do the autopsy, we can’t say it’s her.”
Patrick, 30, went missing nearly 18 weeks ago after working a shift at Borgess Medical Center on Gull Road where she was working as part of the first year of a four-year residency in psychiatry in the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.
On Dec. 5, Patrick got a ride from a co-worker to the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo. After unsuccessfully trying to get a room at the hotel with $100 she borrowed from a co-worker, a courtesy shuttle driver gave her a ride back to her Lexus in the Borgess parking lot.
At about 8 p.m., she was seen getting into her car and driving out of the hospital’s parking lot. Just before 10 p.m., Indiana State Police received reports from other drivers stating a Lexus was being driven erratically on westbound I-94.
Not long after, police found Patrick’s car abandoned in a ditch about 30 feet off the highway near mile marker 23, just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit.