KALAMAZOO, MI – Since she went missing Dec. 5, 2013, Dr. Teleka Patrick‘s disappearance has been a case full of mystery and more questions than answers.
Police in Indiana and Kalamazoo have released some details about what they believe Patrick, 30, a first-year medical resident from Kalamazoo, did in the hours leading up to her disappearance.
So far, this is what is known. All times are Eastern Standard Time:
Patrick takes to Twitter where she begins writing to an unnamed love interest. In the months that follow, she uses several Twitter handles and posts thousands of Tweets aimed at the love interest who, by Patrick’s description in the Tweets, appears to be Marvin Sapp, a well-known pastor and gospel singer from Grand Rapids. Patrick never Tweeted directly at Sapp and, it appears, he never posted any replies to any of Patrick’s Tweets.
Sapp files a petition for a personal-protection order against Patrick, alleging that she was stalking him and making claims that Sapp was her husband. A Kent County judge granted Sapp’s request.
Patrick uploads several videos to YouTube under the under the username “sandra3000cassie” in which she talks and sings to an apparent love interest who she never identifies by name. In one video, Patrick shows off a full breakfast she prepared for two inside her apartment at Gull Run Apartments.
Patrick attends a prayer service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo and gives what has been described as a powerful testimony about her life, her journey through medical school and how she felt God had blessed her during her journey. After the service, Patrick meets Dorene Gardner, an associate minister at Mt. Zion, who invites Patrick to her home for Thanksgiving dinner.
Patrick visits Gardner’s home in Kalamazoo where she shares Thanksgiving dinner with Gardner and Gardner’s daughter. Gardner said the dinner was a good time of fellowship and that Patrick spoke at length with Gardner’s daughter, who is in a doctoral program at Western Michigan University.
Patrick’s mother talks to her daughter for the last time. Irene Patrick, who resides in Florida, said she spoke to her daughter on Thanksgiving as Teleka Patrick was driving back from Chicago, where she spent time with a relative.
Under the Twitter handle @TelekaPatrick, Patrick writes of the success she is having in her work at the WMU School of Medicine: “Glowing evaluations at semi-annual evaluation with residency program director! I work so hard! God is great!!”
Patrick Tweets again about her on-the-job success: “Submitting abstract on spirituality & psychiatry for American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in New York with support of 2 faculty.” That same day, while sitting in an afternoon lecture at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Patrick takes a cellphone call which appears to upset her, others in the class say later. That same day, Patrick posts a string of troubling Tweets under the Twitter handle @patientmunchkin saying that the love interest is using a “demonic portal” to contact her.
Patrick posts her last-known Tweet: “I just activated @Tweet_Delete on my account to automatically delete my old tweets.” Patrick sent the Tweet from her @TelekaPatrick account.
7:30 p.m., Dec. 5
Leaving her purse and cellphone at Borgess Medical Center, Patrick receives a ride from a fellow medical resident to the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites where she tries to book a room for cash, but fails because she doesn’t have enough money. A few minutes before 8 p.m., she gets a ride from a courtesy van driver at the downtown hotel, who takes Patrick to her car in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center, arriving at about 8 p.m., according to Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas.
Carl Clatterbuck, a private investigator hired by Patrick’s family and later terminated on Jan. 2, has said that Patrick was stressed and agitated on the night of her disappearance, although the reasons for that remain a mystery. Clatterbuck also said that police told him the shuttle driver who dropped Patrick off at her car reported seeing her ducking between vehicles as if she thought someone was watching her. The shuttle driver, according to Clatterbuck, saw Patrick get in her car and leave Borgess, and saw no one following Patrick.
10:02 p.m., Dec. 5
Indiana State Police receive a report of a car on westbound I-94 at mile marker 23 near Portage, Ind., matching the description of Patrick’s gold 1997 Lexus ES300. Matyas said a caller who contacted state police in Indiana reported that Patrick’s car was being driven erratically.
10:20 p.m., Dec. 5
Arriving on scene, a state police trooper finds Patrick’s car in a ditch on the north side of westbound I-94. Patrick, however, is not with the car. A search of truck stops, gas stations and other businesses in the immediate area by the trooper and emergency medical personnel turns up nothing.Found inside the car were some clothing items and Patrick’s wallet that contained her driver’s license, credit cards, and a small amount of cash,” according to the FBI. Patrick’s purse and cellphone were later found at Borgess. Her car keys remain missing.
Morning, Dec. 6
Patrick, who came to Kalamazoo in July after graduating from medical school in California, is reported missing after she fails to show up for work.
Sheriff’s investigators in Kalamazoo doing a computer check for Patrick’s car find it has been impounded in Indiana. State police in Indiana begin assisting the sheriff’s office in its investigation of Patrick’s disappearance.
State police in Indiana use a bloodhound to search the area where Patrick’s car was found along I-94 in hopes of retracing her steps. Matyas said Monday that the bloodhound tracked from the area where the car was found up to the highway then stopped, leading investigators to believe Patrick may have been picked up by another motorist.
State police in Indiana use an all-terrain vehicle to search areas with heavy brush within about a one-mile radius of where Patrick’s car was found. The search turned up no new information, police said.
Dec. 14 and 15
Family members of Teleka Patrick spent the weekend searching the area where her car was found, as well as handing out fliers at gas stations, truck stops and other businesses off I-94 between Gary, Ind., to east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit.
6 p.m., Dec. 16
Patrick’s family and others gathered for a prayer vigil attended by more than 50 people at Trinity Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Parchment.
Patrick’s family release a statement saying police have seized Teleka’s computers and are reviewing its contents, as well as the contents of her work and personal email accounts and her phone records.
Patrick’s ex-husband, Ismael Calderon Jr., in an interview with WOOD-TV 8, says he is worried for Patick’s safety and that she may suffer from mental illness. He says his requests that Patrick get help led to the dissolution of the couple’s marriage, which lasted from 2006 to 2011.
Patrick’s parents, Irene and Mattahais Patrick, terminate the services of Clatterbuck and hire Jim Carlin, a Battle Creek private investigator who has worked extensively on the case of Mary Lands, a Marshall woman who went missing in 2004 and was declared dead in 2011.