- Posted December 25, 2013 by
THE DOCTOR IS NOT IN THE HOUSE
Although the vehicle Dr. Teleka Patrick was driving the night of her disappearance has been found, dogs failed to trace her scent very far from the ditch where the vehicle was abandoned beside a lonely stretch of road off I-94 in Indiana. Teleka is a 30-year old, African American female in her first year as a medical resident at Western Michigan University School of Medicine. She was last seen on December 5, around 7:30 pm at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites where she attempted to check in for the night after leaving work at the Borgess Medical Center - although she rents an apartment only a few miles from the hospital where she works.
Detectives note that the Lexus she was driving had a flat tire, and might be the reason the car was in the ditch on I-94. Did someone stop and offer her a ride or did she walk away from the car to get help? If so, why did she leave her purse and cell phone at the hospital, and her wallet, identification, and credit cards in the car. The keys to the car are missing.
These unanswered questions have prompted the family to offer a reward for information to help piece together this puzzling and bizarre disappearance that in many regards does not present many leads, nor does it seem to indicate definitively that she was being followed. According to a private investigator hired by the doctor's family, on the night she went missing, Teleka was stressed and experienceing "a level of agitation." What she might have been agitated about, investigators do not know.
We do know, she tried to book a hotel after work. We also know she was unsuccesful. And we do not know what occurred after her car stopped on I-94. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and the FBI has issued a missing persons bulletin.
National attention is needed to cast a wider net in response to her disappearance since she has now been missing over two weeks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269-383-8748, Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242, or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.