Police To Close Investigation Of K-Zoo Doctor Teleka Patrick’s Death
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP/WWJ) – Police plan to plan to close the investigation into the death of a Michigan doctor whose body was found in an Indiana lake after getting results of toxicology tests.
Indiana State Police Detective Sgt. Rick Strong told the Kalamazoo Gazette that toxicology tests for 30-year-old Teleka Patrick turned up “nothing out of the ordinary.” Investigators in Indiana had been waiting for the test results since April.
Strong said he plans to close his investigation once he receives a copy of the final toxicology report.
Patrick’s death was ruled an accidental drowning after two autopsies — the second conducted at her family’s request — and an invetigation showed no signs of trauma or foul play.
Authorities said Patrick had been acting strangely and erratically with colleagues and others in the hours before her disappearance on Dec. 5. Patrick’s ex-husband told WOOD-TV he had concerns about her mental health; and allegations surfaced that Patrick had been stalking pastor and Grammy nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said Patrick told coworkers she was going to Chicago to visit a relative, but told another colleague she needed money and a ride to a nearby hotel.
Security footage showed 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 body was pulled April 6 from Lake Charles. Her car had been abandoned nearby, along I-94, the day she went missing.
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