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Teleka Patrick: Michigan doctor vanishes without a trace

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Teleka Patrick, a Michigan doctor months into her Michigan hospital residency, has disappeared, according to a Dec. 20 CNN report.

30-year-old Patrick, who recently moved to Michigan from California, failed to show up for work this month, and her car was found abandoned in a highway ditch in Indiana. The promising doctor’s disappearance continues to baffle law enforcement and family, who have searched the area, and found nothing.

ABC News reports that Patrick is a first-year medical resident at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, and was last seen in the parking lot area of the center on the evening of Dec. 5. She did not report for work the following morning.

“[Missing work] is out of character where she is concerned,” her father, Matthias Patrick, told Nancy Grace on Wednesday. “She is always deliberate about what she's doing.”

According to family members, Patrick received what they describe as a suspicious call the day before she vanished. They told ABC News that her demeanor changed after she got the call, but they have no idea who the caller was.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities have located Patrick’s purse and cell phone. The FBI notice on the young doctor’s disappearance read in part, “After completing her shift at work, Dr. Patrick unsuccessfully tried to rent a hotel room in downtown Kalamazoo, and then she was dropped off by the hotel shuttle driver in the parking lot at Borgess Medical Center. Dr. Patrick left some of her belongings at work, to include her cell phone.”

Patrick’s family and friends are desperate to find her, and have created a Facebook page dedicated to furthering the investigation. Further, there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242 or the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department at 269-383-8748.

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