KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller held a press conference Wednesday confirming information that has been learned in the case of missing Western Michigan University School of Medicine resident Dr. Teleka Patrick. Fuller added, however, that so far they have received no credible tips that have led to a break in the case.
Patrick was last seen the evening of December 5th at the Raddison Plaza Hotel, where she was without identification or sufficient funds to book a room, though she did not apparently try to get a room. She was then driven by hotel staff to her vehicle in downtown Kalamazoo. That vehicle was later found alongside a highway in Indiana with her identification, cash, and credit cards inside. A 911 call had 20 minutes prior reported the lone occupant of the vehicle, believed to be Patrick, to be driving erratically.
Investigators say they have found a pattern of Patrick disappearing to check into a hotel or motel for a day or two in the past, but her whereabouts were known to others at those times. Patrick had moved to Kalamazoo to work with the WMU School of Medicine, telling others at the time she had moved to the area to be closer to her fiancee. Who Patrick may have meant when she said that at the time is unknown.
Patrick also had a reported infatuation with Grand Rapids gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who filed a personal protection order regarding Patrick in September of 2013, but it is not believed that Patrick ever violated that order. Investigators believe Sapp to be a stalking victim, but do not believe he is in any danger.
Sheriff Fuller asks that if Patrick is alive and well that she come forward, and that if anyone has any information on her whereabouts to share that information with investigators. Fuller adds that the case remains open as they continue to work with police agencies in Indiana and the FBI.