Patrick, a medical resident in psychiatry at the WMU School of Medicine, was last seen on December 5, 2013 in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her 1997 gold Lexus was found in a ditch in Indiana.
The circumstances surrounding Patrick’s disappearance are still unclear and have left her family searching for answers. For instance, on the last night she was seen, Patrick attempted to check in at a Radisson Plaza Hotel but after being denied, she hitched a ride with the hotel’s courtesy van.
Unfortunately, this is only one of the many unknowns involving her disappearance. Find out what else Tenesha and her family are trying to find out below in the family’s first national interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
JACQUE REID: Good morning, Skip and Sybil, and J. Listen social media is on fire right now with the case of Teleka Patrick. But this is the family’s first national interview here on the TJMS. Teleka is the missing 30-year-old woman who was last seen on December the 5th in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she was working as a medical resident. I’m going inside her story with Teleka’s sister Tenesha Patrick who has temporarily relocated to Kalamazoo with her parents and other family and friends in an effort to find her sister. Good morning, Tenesha.
TENESHA PATRICK: Good morning.
JACQUE REID: Let me ask you first, any new developments? I know I spoke with you and your family last night. Anything new this morning?
TENESHA PATRICK: No, there hasn’t been any new updates or any new developments.
JACQUE REID: Okay. Let’s talk about the case. How did you and your family first learn that Teleka was missing.
TENESHA PATRICK: On Friday we got a call from her school saying that she hadn’t reported to work that day and when it 24 hours since the last time they talked to her they were going to file a missing person report. And so, you know, from that moment on it’s just been this crazy nightmare.
JACQUE REID: At what point did you know something was wrong? Right when you got that phone call? I mean based on her personality?
TENESHA PATRICK: Yeah, I mean, Teleka is not the type of person who just kind of up and, you know, disappears for an extended period of time. So from that moment I was worried, but I said, oh, well, maybe, you know, maybe she’ll respond. Maybe, I don’t know, but as this has been going on, you know, all of my maybes have not, you know, led anywhere. Because she hasn’t, she’s nowhere to be found.
SYBIL WILKES: So she is a doctor.
TENESHA PATRICK: Yes.
SYBIL WILKES: And she’s doing her residency. And she asked for a ride, or needed a ride back to her car?
TENESHA PATRICK: So the information that we have is that she was, she asked for a ride back to the hospital from the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo.
JACQUE REID: Tenesha, let me just back up before you answer that question and just give the listeners a little bit more information. Now police say, Sybil, that she tried to check into a hotel, the Radisson, and she had a place in Kalamazoo, she had lived there since June, but she wasn’t able to check into the hotel, according to police, and she managed to hitch a ride from a hotel van courtesy driver. So, Tenesha, did they take her back to the hospital where her car was parked?
TENESHA PATRICK: Yes. Yes, and you know, unfortunately we don’t have the video of that because the surveillance video from the hospital was down that night. But, you know, and that was our dead stop until the Indiana police and the Michigan police were able to connect that her car was found later that night on I-94 in Indiana.