KALAMAZOO (AP/WWJ) – A young southwestern Michigan doctor has been missing for three weeks. Thirty-year-old Teleka Patrick had been serving a medical residency in Kalamazoo since July.
She was last seen on Thursday December 5, trying to get a room at a Kalamazoo hotel, but eventually got a ride back to her car at Borgess Medical Center.
“The shuttle driver said she seemed nervous, even ducking down between vehicles, as if she was afraid of being seen by someone,” said Carl Clatterbuck, a private investigator hired by the family. “I would say she was agitated, but if she was worried about something or someone, she never told anyone about it.”
Patrick’s gold Lexus was found that same night in a ditch along I-94 near Portage, Indiana, 110 miles away. Police found her wallet inside the car.
Patrick had an airline ticket to visit her parents in Florida at Christmas. Instead, her family is anxious to know what happened.
Patrick, who was raised in New York, graduated earlier this year with a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California.
“She’s one fine girl I’ll love for the rest of my life,” said her mother, Irene Patrick. “I just want the public to search in every corner. I am so distraught.”
Police in Michigan and Indiana are investigating. The FBI also has publicized the case.
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