Gospel singer and pastor, Marvin Sapp, the man who filed a personal protective order against missing Michigan doctor, Teleka Patrick, is now being asked by a prayer group to hold a fundraiser to help find her, according to a Jan. 19, 2014 Fox 17 report.
The group, the Pray at the Pump Movement, is requesting that Sapp “prove his Christianity” on Martin Luther King Day by holding a fundraiser and publicly saying a prayer for the young physician, the report says.
The Sept. 2013 legal document filed by Sapp indicates he sought the protective order regarding Teleka because he believed she stalked him and claimed him as her husband. Sapp also wrote that she visited his home and contacted his children.
Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman released a statement saying in part, “If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today and had been stalked by Dr. Taleka [sic] Patrick as has gospel great Marvin Sapp, we believe that he would spend this Holiday in a prayerful and forgiving mode fo this physician who has been missing since December 5, 2013… Pastor Sapp must know the agony that the Patrick family must be experiencing not knowing whether their child is safe or not…” Fox 17 reports.
The prayer group held a vigil for Teleka just last month outside the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.
View slideshow: Photos of Missing Michigan Doctor, Teleka Patrick
Teleka, 30, failed to show up for work on Dec. 6, 2013.
The night prior, police found her car abandoned in an Indiana ditch alongside an interstate about 100 miles away from Kalamazoo where she worked. Reports indicate her wallet was still inside the vehicle.
Teleka’s cell phone was left at her place of employment, Borgess Hospital.
According to CNN, Dec. 5 surveillance video from a local Radisson hotel shows Teleka at the front desk just after 7:30 p.m. She is dressed in all black and spends about 10 minutes speaking with the reception desk. Teleka then leaves after failing to book a room.
She can be seen exiting out the hotel’s front doors at about 7:48 p.m. and getting on a shuttle bus, which took her to her car, CNN reports.
Police urge anyone with information about Teleka's whereabouts call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office at 269-383-8748, or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
WWMT reports there is a $15,000 reward for information that leads investigators to Teleka.