Sheriff to release update on Teleka Patrick case

Teleka Patrick (Courtesy photo)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo County sheriff is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday morning to provide an update on the disappearance of Teleka Patrick, the Kalamazoo doctor who went missing last December.

Word of the news conference, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.,  came after the Porter County, Ind. coroner said he would have a press release available Wednesday morning regarding the body pulled from a northern Indiana lake near where Patrick’s car was found.

The body of an African-American woman was spotted Sunday morning by a fisherman in Lake Charles in Porter, Ind. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday the body was badly decomposed and would need to be identified using fingerprints or dental records.

An autopsy was set for Tuesday. In the afternoon, the outgoing message on Harris’ voice mail said the following:

“If you are calling in reference to the body of a young woman found in Lake Charles, we still do not have any positive ID at this time. There will be a press release from my office tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.”

Sunday afternoon, Patrick’s mother told 24 Hour News 8 she had been told the body was her daughter’s. The family then revised that in a statement, saying they had been told the body could be that of Patrick, but that they were still awaiting official confirmation.

Patrick, 30, was last seen on Dec. 5, 2013, in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center, where she worked. Her car was found later that night off I-94 near Porter, not far from Lake Charles.

24 Hour News 8’s Amanda Jarrett is covering the news conference in Kalamazoo. For the latest details, follow her on Twitter.
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