Seven weeks after Teleka Patrick went missing, investigators are still searching for clues as to the whereabouts of the promising young Michigan doctor.
What they do know, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard C. Fuller said during a news conference Wednesday, is that Patrick, 30, has disappeared for short stretches of time in the past, checking into a hotel or motel, but was never reported missing.
Additionally, the first-year student in Western Michigan University’s residency program had planned to visit relatives in Chicago before her disappearance, Fuller said during the nearly 45-minute conference, which was live-streamed. She also planned to visit family in Florida over the holidays.
And contrary to media and social reports about her mental health, Fuller said, “There’s no diagnosis associated with a mental illness. That’s why we’re cautious. Some of the behavior appears erratic.”
Indeed, Marvin Sapp, a gospel singer and pastor, had obtained a personal-protection order against Patrick in September, police confirmed. Fuller says that Sapp is not a suspect and has been cooperative in the investigation.
Still, Patrick has never lost touch with family or friends for this length of time, Fuller told reporters.
“Some of this pattern started out in California [she left Loma Linda University in California this spring],” Fuller said. “There was an incident that occurred months earlier before she moved to Kalamazoo. We do not know if she used an alias, but some friends and associates did know of her whereabouts.”
One thing is for certain, Fuller said: “We do not know where Teleka Patrick is at this time.”