Sonar probe being placed in drilled hole
Members of the Indiana State Police’s Criminal Investigation Division at Lowell conducted a search operation on Lake Charles in the Town of Porter last Thursday, January 23, as part of an ongoing missing person’s case involving missing Michigan doctor Teleka Patrick. Patrick was reported missing in Kalamazoo County Michigan in early December, 2013. Indiana State Police (ISP) has been assisting the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department since the time she was reported missing. Police say Patrick’s gold 1997 Lexus ES300 was found abandoned by a Indiana State Trooper late Thursday, December 5th, 2013, night on I-94 west bound just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit which is adjacent to Lake Charles.
Members of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kalamazoo office of the FBI all assisted in the detail.
Officers out on Lake Charles
The Washtenaw County Sherriff’s Department in Michigan has a specialized team that is able to conduct searches in the water, under the ice. Authorities say this is done by using a very advanced and sophisticated sonar equipment system. A series of holes in a grid pattern were drilled through the ice. The sonar was placed into each of the 55 holes. Data was then sent to a central computer on site. Police saythe data collected will allow for a completed and detail map of the lake.
While searching for any evidence or clues that would assist in the investigation, Indiana State Police say the sonar search did not indicate anything of evidentiary value.
Indiana State Police also said they wanted to give a special thanks to Bass Pro Shop on I-94 in Portage for loaning ISP a 10 inch gas powered ice auger to assist in this detail.
Due to the large number of holes that were drilled, police say the equipment was crucial, and that without it the task would have been nearly impossible [Photos/Indiana State Police]