Body Pulled From Lake ID’d as Missing Doctor

Results of toxicology tests, which would aim to determine a cause of death, could take several weeks to be released

The body pulled from an Indiana lake earlier this week is that of a Michigan doctor who went missing in December, officials said Wednesday.

Teleka Patrick's body was recovered Sunday from Lake Charles, in the northern part of the state. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said she was found with car keys, $100 and a pager.

The results of toxicology tests, which would aim to determine a cause of death, could take several weeks to be released, he said.

"I need to point out that there were no signs of trauma or foul play," said Fuller, adding that the initial cause of death appeared to be drowning.

In a statement, the family said the discovery was not the outcome they'd hoped for, and said they're certain Patrick's death wasn't a suicide.

"Teleka had a passion and zest for life and no matter the circumstances that led up to her death, we are certain that she would not have taken her own life," the family said. "Many questions remain, but what is certain is that we will love her forever and her legacy will continue to live on in the love we show to others."

Authorities had searched the same lake in January during the initial search for Patrick. The Kalamazoo woman disappeared in early December and her car was found abandoned along Interstate 94.

Police said in late January that Patrick behaved strangely and erratically with colleagues and others in the hours before her disappearance.

A pair of YouTube videos posted three weeks before she vanished showed Patrick making breakfast and singing a song to a love interest, someone her family said they did not know.

Patrick was raised in New York and graduated with a medical degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from Loma Linda University in California. She had been serving her medical residency at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp had secured a personal protection order against Patrick in September. Sapp, pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, alleged that Patrick claimed to be his wife, contacted his teenage children and had been to his home. He said she had joined his church after moving from California.

Fuller previously said he believes Sapp was "an innocent victim of an apparent stalking" and has no evidence they ever met or had personal contact.

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