Commentary: Keep in mind, that Jim Carlin (the investigator hired by the family) still hasn’t disclosed to the press whether these alleged tweets really are that of Teleka Patrick. Hopefully Teleka’s siblings will opt to talk to the press in regards to their knowledge of Teleka’s relocation.
***UPDATE 01/16/2014 – 6pm PST: It appears Rex Hall Jr. of Mlive.com has contacted Eddie Patrick (Teleka’s brother) for an interview.
KALAMAZOO, MI — Dr. Teleka Patrick‘s sister and brother knew last spring of her plans to move from California to Kalamazoo to be closer to Marvin Sapp, a well-known Grand Rapids pastor and gospel singer, according to Patrick’s Twitter posts.
Patrick’s siblings, Eddie and Tenesha Patrick, promised at the time to say nothing and gave her a late 2013 deadline for revealing to their parents why she chose Kalamazoo as the place to begin her medical residency, Patrick said in the May 7 tweets under the username, @Caligurl2013.
“My sister and brother know about you,” Patrick wrote.
Patrick appears to be addressing Sapp in the tweets. Between April and her Dec. 5 disappearance, Patrick wrote an estimated 20,000 tweets, most of them to an unnamed love interest who, by her descriptions, appears to be Sapp.
None of the tweets were directly sent to Sapp and Patrick herself said in the Twitter posts that Sapp had never responded to her writings.
“They think I am insane for relocating without any direct contact,” Patrick wrote in the May 7 tweet about telling her siblings about Sapp. “They support me though. I told them that God spoke to me about you and He is sending me to you.
“They have agreed to allow me to explain to my parents why I relocated when I feel the time is right. So they are keeping mum. Our compromise is that I tell my parents before 2013 is up.”
Patrick’s siblings could not be reached for comment for this report.
Patrick, 30, disappeared the night of Dec. 5 after completing a shift at Borgess Medical Center and getting a ride from a co-worker to the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo, where she tried unsuccessfully to book a room.
Later, she got a ride from a hotel courtesy shuttle driver who took Patrick back to her car — a gold 1997 Lexus ES300 — in the Borgess parking lot. She left the hospital close to 8 p.m. and a little more than two hours later Indiana State Police received a report from a motorist that the Lexus had gone off westbound I-94 and into a ditch near Portage, Ind.
Patrick was reported missing on the evening of Dec. 6 by officials at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine after she failed to show up for work, said Laura Eller, a spokeswoman for the school of medicine.
Early on, Patrick’s parents, as well as police, were stumped by the case and on a search for answers as to what led to her disappearance and where she might be.
Before she disappeared, Patrick was to have spent Christmas and New Year’s with her parents and brother and sister at Irene and Mattahais Patrick’s home in Florida.
The search for Patrick continues. Investigators with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office are expected to release more details about the case next week, Undersheriff Pali Matyas said Wednesday.
Patrick’s family on Monday posted a message on the Facebook Page “Find Teleka” expressing their gratitude for those who have helped and prayed for the family as the search for Patrick enters its seventh week.
“As news continues to filter in, we remain totally and completely focused on finding Teleka,” the Facebook post said. “Long before she became Dr. Patrick, she was our baby. A big sister. A cousin. A friend. Long before news stories began to delve into her personal life, we loved her without reservation.
“We miss her and worry about her safety every minute of every day. All we ask is that you — the people who have become invested in bringing her home, remember who she is at her core. Teleka loves God, loves her family, and loves her work. She is funny (oftentimes corny), and has a smile that can light up the darkest corners of a room. She is our little girl and no matter what, we will continue to love her unconditionally and search for her without ceasing. Help us#findteleka.”
Patrick’s parents, Irene and Mattahais Patrick, have previously expressed disappointment that their daughter chose to complete her residency in psychiatry at the WMU medical school despite having interviewed for positions at Harvard and Yale.
She graduated last spring from Loma Linda University School of Medicine with a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry with a reputation as a brilliant student.
But Patrick’s tweets show her decision to come to Kalamazoo was prompted by an obsession with — and a desire to be closer to – Sapp.
They also show that not only her siblings, but officials and colleagues at the WMU School of Medicine, were aware of a purported relationship.
“There are only 3 of us psych residents and nothing to do around here so we just hang out with each other making sure we don’t die of boredom,” Patrick said in a June 29 tweet. “Now if you want to fill my schedule with fun activity … Don’t worry I told him I’m in a relationship.
“That’s how I got into this school remember? I told them my fiance is nearby.”
Eller said Wednesday that a staff member from the school of medicine told her of hearing previously, either from Patrick or second-hand, that Patrick had a fiance in Grand Rapids.
“I’m sure she probably mentioned it during the interview process,” Eller said. “I would feel comfortable saying that.”
For his part, Sapp never communicated directly with Patrick or responded to any of her tweets. Also, none of Patrick’s thousands of tweets were ever tweeted directly to Sapp.
In September, Sapp requested and was granted a personal-protection order against Patrick 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.
He also said he had in his possession more than 400 pages of communication from Patrick that he said he never responded to.
Patrick implied in many of her tweets that she and Sapp had a telepathic connection, often saying in her tweets that Sapp’s thoughts woke her up at night. The night before she disappeared, she expressed frustration, saying Sapp was communicating with her through a “demonic power.”
Tweets from Patrick in November show that her brother had become concerned about her. On a few occasions in October and November, Eddie Patrick responded to some of his sister’s continuous tweets with a simple, “Huh?” or “What are you talking about?”
Even more, Patrick’s says in a tweet Nov. 8 aimed at Sapp that her brother was so concerned about her that he had threatened to contact Sapp “if I kept going.”
“My brother thinks I am tweeting myself,” Patrick said. “I can’t explain anything now can I? I talked with my brother this morning again. He is very concerned but I did ask him to hold off on what he was going to do.
“He said that he was only threatening me out of concern. When I pressed him he admitted that he wouldn’t do that to me … Sigh. I am sorry for scaring you. I really thought he was going to do it. He also said he would contact you if I kept going. I didn’t really know what the implications of that would be. For me. So he really made me uncomfortable with that.”
“… I have been completely and unwaveringly consistent up until I was placed between a rock and a hard place. And those around me know about it. And they are concerned.”
Six days later, Eddie Patrick responded to more of his sister’s Tweets with “oh boy … here we go again … what are you talking about??”
Patrick would disappear three weeks later on Dec. 5.
On Dec. 7, one day after she was reported missing, Eddie Patrick sent one last tweet to his sister.
“what’s going on?” the tweet said.