KALAMAZOO, MI — The body that was found in an Indiana lake Sunday has been identified as Teleka Patrick, the Kalamazoo doctor who had been missing since December.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports:
An autopsy, conducted Tuesday, positively identified the body as Patrick, according to an Indiana State Police press release. The body was discovered Sunday by a fisherman in Lake Charles in Porter, Ind., not far from where Patrick’s gold Lexus was found abandoned on westbound I-94 Dec. 5, the night of her disappearance.
“While the autopsy was able to confirm identity, investigation continues to determine the cause of death,” the press release said. “Pending toxicology results may provide additional information as to the cause of death.”
The family released the following statement:
“Over the past several months, you have gotten to know Teleka Cassandra Patrick. You’ve gotten to know her how we knew her and you’ve seen her bright and caring smile. She was beautiful, intelligent, and God-fearing. You’ve prayed for Teleka, cried for Teleka, and worked to find Teleka and we thank you. We thank you for walking this difficult journey with our family.
Teleka’s death is not the ending we had hoped for, however, the journey does not end here. As we mourn Teleka, we must also honor her; honor the life she led, honor her kind spirit and honor her devotion to God and others. Teleka had a passion and zest for life and no matter the circumstances that led up to her death, we are certain that she would not have taken her own life. Many questions remain, but what is certain is that we will love her forever and her legacy will continue to live on in the love we show to others.
Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy in this difficult time.
The Patrick Family”
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