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Old 12-14-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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This story has been on my mind since Teleka went missing on Thursday Dec 5. I didn't find out about her going missing until the next day at work (or maybe it was the Monday after, I can't remember), when news started to finally break.

Looks like, she was out with friends on the 5th and they took her back to her car, which was in the parking lot of one of the hospitals in town (there are two big ones here). Further investigation has proved the cameras for the lot weren't working the night she disappeared. Her car has since been found in INDIANA. Mind you, we're in Michigan! Purse, cell phone, belongings still in the car. She is still missing. I am not getting a good feeling.

Her family has written a letter that our local news has published. This breaks my heart.

Now, I have met Teleka once. We weren't close, but this hits very close to home and I wish I could do more to help find her. She's in a different discipline than myself, but she has worked in our clinic last month and many of us know her.

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A family searching for their missing daughter is making a cry for help.

Teleka Patrick, 30, was last seen December 6 in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in downtown Kalamazoo. Patrick was reported missing when she didn’t show up for her work. Patrick is described as 5’7″, 160 pounds with black hair.

Here is the letter sent to FOX 17:

It’s been seven days, and we still can’t find our daughter. Teleka Cassandra Patrick is our eldest and has always been the light of our lives. The dark unanswered questions: where is she? who is she with? Is she ok? Is she alive?– the questions claw at us, tearing us to shreds. It takes all of our energy not to fall to the floor and scream our hearts out. Because it’s cold outside, and she is just a girl, the sweetest, kindest and most hopeful girl you could ever meet, who was was never too shy to show every single last one of her teeth when she smiled, never to shy to help someone in need, and never to shy to laugh out loud at her own sarcastic corny jokes (she thought she was hilarious). And oh, do we need to see her smile again.

She’s worked so, so hard every day of her life and recently finished a dual MD/PhD program at Loma Linda University, before starting her residency at Borgess and Bronson Methodist Hospitals. That is where she went missing on December 5th 2013. The days since have been the most brutal, maddening all consuming thing we have ever faced. It’s been seven days. Seven prayerful, hopeful, terrifying, excruciating, sleepless, tear-filled days- each day a lifetime, and she’s just a girl. A girl who loves sunflower seeds, playing her violin, sneaking white chocolate late at night, blasting her speakers to sing and dance to the latest Mary Mary song. A girl who loves cracking jokes on her little brother and sister Eddie and Tenesha and turning around and giving them sage old advice as if she were their grandmother. And now she’s lost.

We are holding fast to our lifeline, Jesus Christ. The inescapable harsh reality is that everyday that goes by, every day she’s lost in the freezing Midwestern winter means the search gets tougher and infinitely more frustrating, and the odds grow scarcer that she will ever be found. And we can’t live with that. We won’t. We need help, we need a miracle and we need your help. Our entire extended network of friends and family has come together to help in the search to find Teleka, but it hasn’t been enough. There is a growing social media campaign (#findTeleka), a gofundme account which is helping us raise funds for the search effort (www.gofundme.com/findteleka), youtube videos (http://youtu.be/4H9p6nDqxNM) and countless prayer lines that have been set up, but we need more help. We just do.

We are a family of deep faith, and we will celebrate together when Teleka is found. Our hearts are broken, but we continue to search, we continue to hope and pray and love against odds that get tougher by the day. And we won’t stop no matter what. Please continue to pray, donate, and share her story with everyone in your network.

Thank you,

Mattahais & Irene Patrick

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department at 269-383-8748 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

Read more: http://fox17online.com/2013/12/14/le...#ixzz2nVxffYuH
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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We had something like this happen recently in our area, and it's so hard to imagine what the families go through... I hope they find her, alive! The more time that goes by, the harder it is to believe a positive outcome :/ It sounds like there has to be some definite foul play involved in her disappearance, and it's so sad to think about :/
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Well, the police have claimed there is no signs or suspicion of foul play at this time. But I just find that so hard to believe.
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No signs or suspicions of foul play? That's right. Most women go off and leave their belongings AND cell phone in their cars when the give them to people who need to get to Indiana.

She's in my thoughts and prayers and I'll go donate what I have. I hope everything turns out all right, Doc.
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A little bit more of an update.

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olice in Indiana used a bloodhound Thursday and an all-terrain vehicle Friday in their search for a missing medical resident from Kalamazoo whose Lexus was found abandoned last week on I-94 near Portage, Ind.

They also are making plans to do an aerial search for Teleka Patrick, 30, said First Sgt. Al Williamson of the Indiana State Police.

“We’re doing all we can to determine what happened to her,” Williamson said. “… She’s pretty much just vanished. All we know is we have her car and we have nobody to go with the car.”

Patrick hasn't been seen since the evening of Dec. 5 when she was dropped off at her car – a gold 1997 Lexus ES300 – in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center on Gull Road, according to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff Pali Matyas has declined to disclose what time Patrick was dropped off.

Just after 10:20 CST that night, her car was found in a ditch off westbound I-94 near Portage, Ind., by an state police trooper who responded just before 10:15 p.m. to a report of an unknown accident.

Williamson said an immediate search of the area that night turned up nothing and people the trooper and firefighters talked to at local truck stops and other establishments near the I-94 exit for Porter/Burns Harbor did not report seeing Patrick.

Patrick was reported missing Friday to sheriff’s investigators in Kalamazoo after she failed to show for work.

Patrick, who is originally from Queens, N.Y., graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California earlier this year and came to Kalamazoo in July to begin the first of four years as a medical resident in psychiatry with the WMU School of Medicine.

Since Dec. 5, Williamson said his agency has combed a one-mile radius near the highway four times looking for Patrick, but so far have turned up nothing. He said investigators were using an all-terrain vehicle Friday to search for Patrick in areas covered with heavy brush.

On Thursday, he said the agency used a bloodhound to try to retrace Patrick’s steps from where her car was found. The sergeant declined to say what, if anything, the search by the bloodhound revealed.

He said Friday that police have a plan in the works to search the area off I-94 with a helicopter from the state police, the National Guard or the local sheriff’s office in Lake County, Ind., depending on availability.

In Kalamazoo County, Undersheriff Pali Matyas said investigators still had no new leads in Patrick’s disappearance, as of Friday afternoon.

Matyas said earlier this week that sheriff’s detectives were not able secure security camera footage from Borgess’ parking lot because the hospital’s system was not working properly.

“We’ve done quite a bit on this and we just don’t know where she is,” said Matyas, who declined to elaborate on what investigative measures police have used so far to try to locate Patrick.

As the search for Patrick continues, her parents, Mattahais and Irene, say they have been on an emotional rollercoaster since Dec. 6 when their daughter was reported missing.

Irene Patrick said she and her daughter usually talk by phone every Sunday. She said the last time they spoke was Nov. 28 when Patrick called as she was driving back to Kalamazoo from a cousin’s house in Chicago where she spent Thanksgiving.

“My dear, this is a nightmare,” Irene Patrick said. “It’s just a nightmare … Sometimes we have a hope and other times I just don’t have another hope.

“So, we are really on an emotional slide right now.”

The Patricks, who reside in Florida, traveled to Kalamazoo earlier in the week to comb the area for their daughter. Irene Patrick said the family also wants to search in Indiana where Taleka Patrick’s car was found and are hopeful that residents from the area might help.

Irene Patrick said she and other family members know of no reason that Taleka Patrick would have been on westbound I-94 in Indiana Thursday night and that doing so would have been out of character for her.

“… The fact that she was in that direction, it seems like her life was in danger,” Irene Patrick said. “Why would she travel in that direction Thursday night knowing that she had to be back to work on Friday? It seems it’s a matter of flight and fright

“I’m trying to put the pieces together. Only God knows.”

Patrick’s disappearance has spawned heavy traffic on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the hashtag #findTeleka. There’s also an online fundraiser to help with efforts to find Patrick, as well as a YouTube video that was posted Thursday.

As of Friday afternoon, the YouTube video had more than 600 views.

Investigators, so far, have said they don’t suspect foul play in Patrick’s disappearance. Williamson said earlier this week that police found nothing suspicious in her car the night of Dec. 5.

Irene Patrick questioned Friday why police don’t suspect foul play in her daughter’s disappearance given the amount of time that has passed since she was last seen. She said she worries that information from police will make some complacent to efforts to find Teleka Patrick.

Williamson said, however, that police are investigating Patrick’s disappearance the same way they would if foul play was suspected and suggested not getting “hung up on the title” of the case.

“We’re investigating a missing woman who has no reason to be missing,” Williamson said. “… We are exhausting everything we can exhaust. We have not stopped.”

State police in Indiana began assisting sheriff’s investigators in Kalamazoo on Tuesday when sheriff’s officials did a search on Patrick’s vehicle and found that it had been impounded in Indiana.

Police found some of Patrick’s personal belongings in the Lexus, but not Patrick’s purse. Williamson declined to comment on whether Patrick’s keys were found in the car.

Williamson said on Friday that detectives are working to obtain a copy of the call to dispatchers on Thursday night that prompted the trooper’s response to I-94. Investigators are hopeful that the call will reveal whether the person who reported seeing Patrick’s car actually saw it drive off the highway or spotted it after it had already run off the road.

For now, Irene Patrick said she and her family are doing their best to hold out hope that Teleka, who is the oldest of the couple’s three children, will be found alive and safe.

“It’s up and down,” Irene Patrick said. “You feel happy and optimistic one moment and another time … you fear the worst. We are trying very hard to keep our hopes alive because we want our daughter home alive.”
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This is just horrid. I don't understand how they can not suspect foul play here either. The above says her purse was missing from the car, but not the cell phone? And coincidentally the cameras weren't working in the parking lot at the time? Could it be someone from the hospital that did this? Scary.
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I want to know more about the cameras. The hospital mentioned here is not one I go to. BUT, many colleagues from other departments do frequently. How does a hospital security system not work? The question here is ... was it not working for some time and it is now coming to light? How does one not know it's not working if they are watching the feeds? Or did it not work that night because it was tampered with? Many questions here.

And yes, the fact that her purse was missing but not her cell phone is not a sign of just your "typical" case. So many questions and I can't even imagine what her family is thinking/going through.
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That's really scary! I hope they find her and everything turns out okay for the family. That has to be tough to go through at any time of the year, but during Christmas when you should be with your family makes it even tougher...
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I am so sorry for her family, hope they find her
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This is horrible! i hope she is found safe and I won't think the worst. So so horrid that poor family.
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