KALAMAZOO (WWJ/AP) – Results of a second autopsy conducted at a family’s request match an earlier initial cause of death for a Michigan doctor whose body was found in an Indiana lake.
Private investigator Jim Carlin told the Kalamazoo Gazette the second autopsy was conducted Friday by the coroner’s office in Marion County, Ind., on the body of 30-year-old Teleka Patrick.
Carlin said results confirm the findings of the coroner in Porter County, Ind.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said on Wednesday that there were no signs of trauma or foul play. He said an initial cause of death appeared to be drowning. Toxicology results were pending.
Patrick’s body was pulled April 6 from Lake Charles.
Authorities said Patrick had been acting strangely and erratically with colleagues and others in the hours before her disappearance on Dec. 5.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said Patrick told colleagues she was going to Chicago to visit a relative, but she also told another colleague she needed money and a ride to a nearby hotel.
Security footage shows that she went to the hotel, looked around and appeared to want a room but never requested one. She asked for a ride to the hospital, where she was a psychiatric resident, to pick up some things.
Once there, she said she would not be returning to the hotel, and the driver saw her get into a car and drive away, the sheriff said.
Patrick’s car was abandoned nearby on Dec. 5 along I-94.
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