During a Jan. 22, 2014, authorities announced that gospel singer and pastor, Marvin Sapp, had nothing to do with the disappearance of missing Michigan doctor, Teleka Patrick, and that he has been cooperative with authorities in the matter.
Sapp’s name has only been raised in connection to the case because in Sept. 2013, he filed a restraining order against her alleging she was stalking him and claiming him as her husband.
The letter says in part:
…Lighthouse Full Life Center Church Board of directors has taken action and removed your name from our membership roster… after careful review of incidents involving continuous interaction with Pastor Marvin L. Sapp’s family such as inappropriate emails and pictures” sent to Sapp, “visiting” the pastor’s “residence and the continous attempts to talk and interact” with Sapp’s “children has resulted in removing your name from our membership.” The letter also said Teleka’s “unauthorized conversations and methods of various communication attempts to interact” with Sapp and his children “has given them a feeling of discomfort.”
The correspondence also informs Teleka of the issuance of the protective order filed by Sapp and ended with, “We are praying for you and wish you well in your endeavors to find a new church home...”
Not only does the Sept. 2013 letter appear to be from Sapp, but the four board of directors of the church signed the correspondence, as well.
During the recent press event, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller emphasized that Sapp is not involved with Teleka’s disappearance, is not a suspect in the case and is “nothing more than an innocent victim of an apparent stalking.”
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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 with her wallet 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.