An autopsy has found that a body discovered in an Indiana lake is that of a Michigan doctor who had been missing since December, authorities said Wednesday.
The coroner in Porter County, Indiana, said in a news release that it was Teleka Patrick’s body that was pulled out of Lake Charles in the northwest part of the state this past Sunday. The site is about 15 miles east of Gary and near where a car belonging to the 30-year-old doctor was found abandoned Dec. 5 along Interstate 94.
As we previously reported, gospel singer Marvin Sapp had secured a personal protection order against Patrick in September. Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, alleged that Patrick claimed to be his wife, contacted his teenage children and had been to his home. He said she had joined his church after moving to Michigan from California.
The investigation into Patrick’s death is ongoing, but The Detroit Free Press reports Patrick may have drowned. Michigan authorities say Patrick behaved strangely and erratically with colleagues and others in the hours before her disappearance.
She was last seen trying to get a room at a Kalamazoo hotel. She didn’t stay there and got a ride back to her car at Borgess Medical Center. She had been in Michigan since last summer when she started a medical residency at Borgess.
Fuller previously said he believes Sapp was “an innocent victim of an apparent stalking” and has no evidence they ever met or had personal contact.
Patrick was raised in New York and graduated with a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California.