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Saturday search announced for missing Michigan doctor; volunteers needed

A search has been announced in the disappearance of Michigan psychiatry resident Dr. Taleka Patrick. Dr. Patrick disappeared more than three months' ago.
A search has been announced in the disappearance of Michigan psychiatry resident Dr. Taleka Patrick. Dr. Patrick disappeared more than three months' ago. National Missing and Unidentified Persons' System (NamUS)

An Indiana missing persons' group is seeking volunteers for a search Saturday, March 22, 2014, for a missing psychiatry resident who disappeared three months ago. .

LaPorte, Indiana-based group "Moms on a Mission" is leading a search effort for 30-year-old Dr. Taleka Patrick, who disappeared on December 5, 2013.

Dr. Patrick was last seen in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, after being dropped off by a hotel shuttle bus. According to earlier reports from police, Dr. Patrick attempted to book a hotel room -- unsuccessfully -- and was dropped off at her vehicle shortly after leaving the hotel. However, within hours, her vehicle was reportedly seen traveling at a high rate of speed more than 100 miles' southwest of Kalamazoo, in northwest Indiana.

Witnesses on Highway I-94 westbound claimed Dr. Patrick's vehicle was driving up to speeds of approximately 85 mph, as referenced in transcripts of the 911 calls. Detroit's WXYZ-TV/ABC-7 reported one witness saw Patrick's car in a ditch just before westbound mile marker 23 near Porter, Indiana.

Authorities conducted an immediate ground search of the area where her vehicle was found abandoned. Later, a search and rescue dog was only able to track a scent as far as the vehicle and roadside.

On Saturday, the search team -- led by Moms on a Mission founder Christine Salzer -- will comb that area, focusing from mile marker 23 up to neighboring Burns Harbor, IN.

In addition to seeking volunteers, Salzer also wants to clarify the specific area where Dr. Taleka Patrick's vehicle was found, fearing earlier reports inaccurately placed the car closer to nearby Portage. Mile marker 23 -- where her vehicle was located -- is located in Porter, Indiana.

There's so much misinformation out there," Salzer said. The water is so muddy it's cloudy to see what's happening, but at least we have a starting point. She's been gone over 90 days. We want to go out there and see if there's anything that turns up that the snow may have covered back in December".

We know nothing about her; nothing about where to look," she continued. It makes our jobs harder, so we need people to come out and help. We need boots on the ground and people to help us learn more about Taleka. And, if possible, we need her family and friends to share information about her likes and dislikes, habits, etc. things that will help us help you find her. We need the people in her life to help provide details as to where we should look in the area where her vehicle was found".

Dr. Patrick was reported missing when she didn't show up for work on Friday morning. Her friends and family have not heard from her, and authorities have provided few details into the case.

Dr. Taleka Patrick is 30 years' old, approximately 5'5" tall, weighing 155-160 pounds, with black hair and black eyes. Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Dr. Patrick is asked to call Detective James VanDyken with the Kalamazoo, MI, Sheriff's Office at 269-383-8748, or the Indiana State Police at 219-863-2995. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the whereabouts of Dr. Taleka Patrick.

Searchers will be meeting at 1600 US 20, Porter, IN, at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Travel Centers of America. If possible, volunteers should print fliers at home before they come; fliers may be obtained by contacting Moms on a Mission, All searches will be remaining on public domain, and volunteers are asked to dress accordingly and to wear comfortable shoes. For safety reasons, volunteers 18 and older only will be allowed.

For questions regarding Saturday's search -- or to volunteer- please call (219) 379-4091, or contact Mom on a Mission via Facebook.