A body discovered early Sunday morning by a man fishing in a lake in Indiana is believed to be that of missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick, MLive.com reports.
Police have yet to officially identify the body, but Jim Carlin, a private investigator hired by the family to aid in the search for missing doctor, believes that the body is Patrick’s.
“That’s my position,” Carlin told the news site. “Obviously, the family wants to have it confirmed with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.”
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release confirming that a body had been found in the lake, which was searched as recently as April 1. That search turned up no clues. The release also said that the identity of the body had not been confirmed and that the sheriff’s office would have no immediate further comment, MLive reports.
Police searched Lake Charles in January, almost a month after the doctor went missing, but the lake was frozen over, and that search did not reveal anything related to Patrick’s case.
Around 7:10 a.m. Sunday, a man fishing in Lake Charles called the police and reported that he saw something floating in the water.
Patrick was last seen the evening of Dec. 5, 2013, in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Her car was found that night, and the sheriff’s office believes that she was headed to Chicago to visit a relative.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Patrick’s ex-husband believes she suffered from delusions and paranoia. In September, it was revealed that well-known gospel singer Marvin Sapp had sought a personal protection order against Patrick.
A statement on the Find Teleka Facebook page, updated by her family, reads: “Our family was informed that a body was found that may be our daughter Teleka Patrick. We are waiting for official confirmation … and have no comment at this time.”