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Missing Teleka Patrick's body found in Lake Charles

The police have stated they have positively identified the body of Dr. Teleka Patrick of Kalamazoo, Mich. who went missing last December.

Teleka Cassandra is no longer missing
Kalamazoo Police Department

Her body was found last week floating in Lake Charles by a man fishing. On Wednesday, the medical examiner identified the body as belonging to Teleka, reports USA Today.

After the body was found, the family released a statement:

"Our family was informed that a body was found that may be our daughter Teleka Patrick. We are waiting for official confirmation from the Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department and have no comment at this time. Thank you for your continued prayers-we ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."

Teleka Cassandra Patrick, 33, AKA Teleka Calderon from Kalamazoo, Mich. was last seen on Dec. 4, 2013 in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center. Teleka was a 1st year medical resident doing her residency at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, after getting her Ph.D. last spring.

Teleka's disappearance went national when surveillance video came out that showed Teleka trying to get a room at the Raddison hotel with cash, but because she didn't have enough money she was not able to. The footage also shows her walking with a Raddison employee to a shuttle bus which took her back to her car that was parked at the medical center. No one knows where she went from there, but her car was found at the Harbor exit.

“She was dropped off at her vehicle that was believed to have been parked in the Borgess parking lot,” stated the sheriff's department.

On January 3, Marvin Sapp, a gospel singer and pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Teleka stated that Teleka had been telling everyone that she was his wife and even talked to his teen children and had been to his home. He filed and was granted a restraining order against Teleka on Sept. 17.

A video on YouTube showed Teleka talking to someone, but it was never disclosed or assumed who that person was.

The Lake Charles area was searched extensively shortly after Teleka's car was found parked near Lake Charles in Porter back in December. The lake was frozen at the time, and nothing was found even with the use of sonar.

Tracking dogs led officials to the road and police at the time believed that someone had probably picked up Teleka and driven off.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said Wednesday in a news conference they believe that Teleka's death was caused by drowning, and there were no signs of trauma or foul play. Her body was fully clothed with car keys, $100 cash and a pager.

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