This week marked three months since 30-year-old Michigan doctor Teleka Patrick vanished without a trace after work one day.
Patrick, who was in the midst of a psychiatric residency at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., was last seen on Dec. 5 as she tried to book a room downtown at a Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites. She was turned away because she lacked proper ID and a credit card, police say.
What happened next is unclear to her family, co-workers and police investigators. They do know that her car was discovered a day later in a ditch along I-94 in Porter, Ind., miles away from her job.
Now, her family fears that she may have met harm, according to a report at 3 WWMT Kalamazoo. On Wednesday, the three-month mark of her disappearance, they asked supporters to pray and wear red, her favorite color, the Detroit News reports.
“I fear that she has met harm or danger,” her sister, Tenesha Patrick, told WWMT. “We remain encouraged as a family that in the midst of it all, God is there and He is with her and he knows where she is.”
Private investigator Jim Carlin, who was hired by the family, told WWMT that several weeks before the doctor’s disappearance, she told her mother on two separate occasions that she had seen Marvin Sapp’s body guards walking around the apartment complex where she lived.
Sapp, a well-known Grand Rapids, Mich., pastor and gospel singer, was issued a personal-protection order against Patrick last September by a Kent County Circuit Court judge. In an affidavit that accompanied the request for a restraining order, Sapp said Patrick had joined his church, come to his home and made claims that he was her husband.
“She also told her mom, and Mrs. Patrick talks about this often, if anything happens to me you got to look at that church,” Carlin told WWMT. “It’s pretty profound.”
But the Kalamazoo County sheriff said during a news conference in January that Sapp was just a victim of stalking and nothing more.