Autopsy on body found in Indiana underway, Teleka Patrick's family could learn body's identity today

Porter, IN - The family of a missing Michigan doctor could learn as early as this afternoon whether a body that was found in Porter, Indiana is that of Dr. Teleka Patrick, according to the family’s Private Investigator.

The 7 Action News Investigators have learned that an autopsy got underway at 8:00am CDT in Indiana. 

A fisherman discovered the body around 7:10 Sunday morning.

“We will be conducting a test on dental records and fingerprinting, so until that’s done we’re not going to be making a positive identification,” said Chuck Harris, Porter County Coroner on Monday.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff is planning on holding a press conference on Wednesday at 10:00am.

The body was found floating in Lake Charles at least 150 yards away from where police Dr. Patrick’s car was left on December 5, 2013.

That’s the night her life in Kalamazoo seemed to unravel.  After leaving work at Borgess Medical Center, the first-year psychiatry resident was seen on security cameras at the front desk of a downtown Kalamazoo hotel.  She did not have enough money for a room, so she later got in her gold Lexus and headed west on I-94, until she got a flat tire.

Police arrived within 10 minutes but Dr. Patrick had vanished.  Her credit cards and ID were still in the car.  The lake has been searched several times – but until now, it was covered in ice.

Private Investigator Jim Carlin has been combing that area for months.

“On December 5th it would be difficult for someone to get into that lake,” said Carlin.

Carlin says it’s hard to imagine how Dr. Patrick would get over a barbed wire fence and through 150 yards of dense brush and mud to the lake in the dark.

“Even with the winter, if you went over that fence you’re going to tear some fabric on your jacket or your clothes.  That fence was clean,” said Carlin.  “If you thought you were in water or mud, you’re at least going to turn around and go in the other direction.”

Dr. Patrick’s mental state that night is still a mystery – but her 20,000 tweets and videos she made for an unknown man could provide clues.

Grand Rapids-based Gospel singer Marvin Sapp got a personal protection order against Dr. Patrick and his church revoked her membership because of “inappropriate emails and pictures” she sent to Pastor Sapp.

“The pastor is nothing more than an innocent victim of an apparent stalking,” said Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller in December.

Now her family just wants answers.

“We remember that God sees all things, and he knows all things, and so, we know that He is able to protect her from whatever harm she has encountered,” said Tenesha Patrick, Teleka’s sister.

Teleka Patrick was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants, and the woman that was found in Indiana did appear to have dark clothing on.

Doctor Patrick’s family members never believed her to be suicidal.  It will be very important to see what this autopsy reveals regarding manner of death, if the body is identified as Teleka Patrick.

The Patrick Family released this statement on Sunday:

“Our family was informed that a body was found that may be our daughter Teleka Patrick. We are waiting for official confirmation from the Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department and have no comment at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers-we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”