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Teleka Patrick case: Possible sighting of missing Michigan doctor in Walmart

Two employees at a Battle Creek, Mich. Walmart claim to have possibly seen missing Michigan doctor, Teleka Patrick, in the store over the weekend, but authorities believe it was likely not her.
Two employees at a Battle Creek, Mich. Walmart claim to have possibly seen missing Michigan doctor, Teleka Patrick, in the store over the weekend, but authorities believe it was likely not her.
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Two people claim they may have seen missing doctor, Teleka Patrick in Battle Creek, Mich., according to a Feb. 4, 2014, WWMT report.

The alleged sighting took place at a Walmart by two employees of the store on the evening of Feb. 1, according to the report.

Nevertheless, law enforcement did not receive the information for three days and find it doubtful the person seen was Teleka, according to WWMT.

The family’s private investigator, Jim Carlin, spoke with WWMT, saying information that Teleka may be delusional, or allegations made by her ex-husband that she had mental health problems, may be inaccurate.

“Some of the stuff that the ex-husband said the family feels is just totally bogus… they have no knowledge of any type of mental problems during the relationship,” Carlin noted.

The WWMT I-Team talked to psychiatrist Dr. Jack Mahdasian to determine if someone could suffer from mental problems and not have them manifest until around the age of 30.

Mahdasian said that Teleka’s behavior prior to her disappearance could be signs of schizophrenia, including, “Hallucinations… mainly of the auditory type… delusions, or fixed false beliefs, paranoid sorts of things…”

He added, however, that schizophrenia usually presents much earlier in the late teens and early twenties.

Mahdasian also told WWMT that some individuals can hide mental issues better than others, depending upon “one’s ego strength or one’s ability to roll with it… there are many people who may be diagnosed that function well. They may fly below the radar.”

He stressed that “In time it may be that the episode is such that you just can’t get by any more without help from a professional.”

According to the report, this may have been what involved gospel singer and pastor, Marvin Sapp, who filed a personal protection order against Teleka in 2013, alleging she was stalking him and claiming him as her husband.

Mahdasian said individuals can have delusional disorders of romances that don't exist.

PI Carlin told WWMT that Teleka saw things very differently and told family members that “there were people from the church that she recognized in her apartment complex that… were following her.”

“Although I think she’s alive, I do consider her in danger,” Carlin added.

View slideshow: Photos of Missing Michigan Doctor, Teleka Patrick

Teleka, 33, 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.

PI Carlin believes Teleka walked away from her vehicle and someone picked her up.

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.

On Jan. 23, 2014, Indiana authorities searched frozen Lake Charles in the hopes of finding clues to Teleka's vanishing, but no evidence was discovered.

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 the Patrick family has increased the reward to $20,000 for information that leads investigators to Teleka.

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