Coroner: Body found in Lake Charles is missing Mich. doctor

FILE - This undated file family photo shows Dr. Teleka Patrick of Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Family Photo-Courtesy of Kalamazoo Gazette)
FILE - This undated file family photo shows Dr. Teleka Patrick of Kalamazoo, Mich. (AP Photo/Family Photo-Courtesy of Kalamazoo Gazette)

PORTER CO., Ind. (WLFI) — An autopsy conducted Tuesday determined that a body found in Lake Charles on Sunday is that of a Michigan doctor who had been missing since December, authorities said Wednesday.

The coroner in Porter County, Ind. said in a news release that it was Teleka Patrick, 30, of Kalamazoo, Mich. whose body was found Sunday in Lake Charles, located in northwest Indiana about 15 miles east of Gary.

Patrick was reported missing on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 when she failed to report for work in Michigan. Michigan authorities report she was last seen the evening before when she was dropped off at her car in a parking lot at a medical center in Kalamazoo.

An Indiana State Police trooper found Patrick’s vehicle abandoned on Dec. 5 along Interstate 94, near the exit to Lake Charles.

Indiana State Police said the investigation continues to determine the cause of death. ISP said they are awaiting toxicology results, which may provide additional information.

The Associated Press reports that Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said at a news conference Wednesday morning that there were no signs of trauma or foul play found on the body. He said an initial cause of death appeared to be drowning.

According to AP, Michigan authorities said Patrick behaved strangely and erratically with colleagues and others in the hours before her disappearance. She was last seen trying to get a room at a Kalamazoo hotel. She didn’t stay there and got a ride back to her car at Borgess Medical Center. Patrick had been in Michigan since last summer when she started a medical residency at Borgess.

Patrick was raised in New York and graduated with a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California.

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