Private investigator talks about missing doctor case

8:40 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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Teleka Patrick was last seen Dec. 6 in Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- The private investigator looking into the Teleka Patrick case says he believes she is still alive.

It's been just over a month since the disappearance of the young doctor from Kalamazoo. The first year medical resident was last seen December 5 trying to get a room at the Radisson Hotel. After being turned away, she took a shuttle to her car, still parked at Borgess Medical Center. From there, investigators believe she drove west on I-94. Her empty car was found in a ditch in Portage, Indiana.

Jim Carlin of Justinian Investigative Services in Battle Creek says, "I do believe, as does the sheriff's department, that she made it to Indiana and at that point, what happened is the big question."

Carlin was recently hired by the family to look into the case. Just one of the many theories he's looking into is that she checked into a hospital for treatment. "With privacy rules for mental health, that would not be disclosed if she checked-in under a different name, they would have to honor that."

Teleka appears to have mental health issues that the family says it was not aware of. In September, gospel singer Marvin Sapp filed a personal protection order against Teleka. He says she contacted his children and has been to his home. He cites 400 pieces of correspondence from Teleka that he did not respond to.

There are also mysterious YouTube videos of Taleka talking to a possible love interest.

Carlin says regardless of the strange behavior, the Patrick family wants to focus on the fact that she is still missing. "They have faith she is coming home. They're going to take care of her and she's going to return to society as the great woman she can be."

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