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Body Identified as Missing Michigan Doctor

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Authorities say a body recovered Sunday, April 6th in Lake Charles in the town of Porter has been identified as that of a missing Michigan doctor.   Indiana State Police say an autopsy was conducted Tuesday at the Lake County Coroner’s facility, and fingerprint comparisons by the Indiana State Police Laboratory confirmed the identification as 30-year-old Teleka Patrick of Kalamazoo.  Authorities say Patrick was reported missing on Friday, December 6th, 2013 when she failed to report for work in Michigan. She was last seen Thursday evening of December 5th, 2013, police say, when she was dropped off at her car in a parking lot at a medical center in Kalamazoo. An Indiana State Police trooper found Patrick’s gold 1997 Lexus ES300 abandoned on westbound Interstate 94 just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2013. This exit is adjacent to Lake Charles.  Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris says cause and manner of death are still pending further investigation, however the autopsy did not reveal any trauma to the body and Harris says autopsy results to this point are consistent with a drowning death.  Toxicology results are pending.  Harris says Patrick’s driver’s license was located in the car, and on April 6,  during the Porter County Coroner’s office initial investigation, several objects were removed from the clothing on the body, including a set of car keys, cash, and a pager that belonged to Patrick.


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