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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19 thoughts on “Teleka Patrick’s Body Found In Indiana, Authorities Confirm

  1. pac4me on said:

    How sad are some of these comments – whether Marvin Sapp was involved, whether it’s black crime on black, whether she had mental issues, whether catfishing took place, whether she took her own life or not – This beautiful young lady is gone and so is the potential she could have had and the impact she may have had on future young people and that’s the whole tragedy. Many prayers to her mother and family members

  2. Reblogged this on Neechy and commented:
    It’s sad, but we’re certainly glad that they now have closure. I can’t imagine what it was like to not know the whereabouts of your loved one.

  3. Doneisha on said:

    Pray for the family,she was a victim of someone’s sick joke heard of the show Catfish stop the finger pointing and start asking god for answers

  4. Pamela Robinson on said:

    Not the time for negative comments. To the Patrick family; I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to your family for your lost. I know words may not bring much comfort to you right now but continue to look to the hills whence cometh your help, and know everything is going to be alright.

    May God bless and keep your family.

  5. Judge ye not on said:

    First and foremost, I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to Ms. Patrick’s family during this difficult time. This young lady was beautiful, and had a very promising future, but unfortunately this tragedy had to occur. It is not for me to judge what happened to Ms. Patrick, nor to speculate the probable cause. I hope that who ever is responsible for this senseless killing that they be brought to judgement. Regardless to what any individual may be experiencing, we should be more compassionate towards each other; because we don’t know when we or our family may be some day standing in the Patrick family shoes, and looking for answers. I don’t know anything about Marvin Sap, and don’t care to know anything about the singer/Gospel recording Artist, but let me just say that none of us are perfect, and we have all sinned and fallen short. Just because a person profess that they are this and that, doesn’t mean one thing in this day and time. There have been preachers kill their wives, and viced versa. but we are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Therefore; before we begin to take the law in our on hands and play crime scene, or detective, let us remain in an attitude of prayer for her family, while they try to bring closure to this matter. In my closing; Marvin Sap, may be a singer, preacher, but one thing is for sure, and that is he is human, and he is not GOD. I hope that Ms. Patrick’s family will provide what ever information that they have leading up to her disappearing, that will bring closure to this matter.

  6. clarissa on said:

    Well I don’t think Marvin sapp did this either Reese just like you said he’s a man of god and as powerful as he is in god I just don’t think he will do anything like that. In this situation Someone that is a man of god willnot have this down in there spirit To do a thing like this ijs.

  7. inthelight on said:

    Marvin Sapp had nothing to do with this young lady. She had issues that were not addressed. If anything him not paying her any attention or placing an order of protection against her, may have turned her entire world up side down. She did move from CA to Michigan to be closer to him, because in her mind they were a couple. Her family needs to step away from making comments about them being sure she did not take her own life, especially when they did not know her secondary life at all.

  8. charitysayings on said:

    Now wait a minute Dalmaine, I think you’re jumping the gun way too fast! This woman (which I indeed hate to hear is deceased now), had mental issues that her own family even knew about. Although the family commented that they are certain that she would not have taken her own life, there’s no telling what a person would do when they are not in their right mind. So pump your brakes. Let’s not be too quick to assume anything. I’m praying both for the Patrick AND Sapp families. I’m also praying that time will reveal THE TRUTH!

    • Reesa on said:

      One think she found not the way we wanted her to be found. Marvin Sapp is a man of God that was a out of line comment that you made Dalmatine. We just need to pray for the family and hope who ever killed her be brought to justice. That the main thing. It just hate it to this long to find her.

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