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KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller confirmed the body found in a northern Indiana lake Sunday is missing Kalamazoo Dr. Teleka Patrick during a press conference Wednesday at his office."The female has been positively identified of that of Dr. Teleka Patrick," Fuller said at the press conference. "The cause of death seems to be consistent with that of an accidental drowning."
Friends and family of Patrick have awaited official confirmation since her body was discovered by a fisherman floating at the south end of Lake Charles in Porter, Ind. just a few hundred feet from where her car was found abandoned on I-94 in Indiana on Dec. 5.
Fuller said Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris had difficulty identifying the body as Patrick yesterday because it had severely decomposed, but $100 in cash, a pager and keys to her Lexus were found in the pocket of the coat she was wearing, which is consistent with what authorities believe Patrick was carrying with her that night.
Harris was eventually able to definitively rule the body was Patrick through her fingerprints.
Fuller confirmed Patrick's family was notified Wednesday morning that the body was in fact Patrick.
Fuller said that while there is a four-foot fence surrounding Lake Charles, it is worn down in several places and it would have been easy to get past it.
While police had originally stated they believed Patrick was heading to Chicago the night of her disappearance to stay with a family member, he said her true destination was to see an acquaintance in St. Louis. He said police held on to this information for some time since this was one of the only places she was likely to resurface if she was hiding.
Fuller said it was unlikely Patrick intended to stop her car near mile marker 23 in Indiana. He said she was forced to stop because of her flat tire.Fuller said the search for Patrick was greatly hampered by brutal winter conditionsthat ramped up only days after Patrick disappeared; leaving much of the area covered by ice and snow until recently.
Throughout the past four months, Indiana and Kalamazoo authorities conducted several ground searches of the area where her car was located, including a searching Lake Charles as recently as April 1
When asked if the investigation was over, Fuller said he doesn't believe any new information will surface.
"Unless new information surfaces, this investigation will be closed," Fuller said. "I do believe it is as solved as this is going to get."
Patrick, 30, went missing after working a shift at Borgess Medical Center on Gull Road where she was completing first year of a four-year residency in psychiatry in the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.
After finishing her shift that night, Patrick got a ride from a co-worker to the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo. She then tried to get a room at the hotel with $100 she borrowed from a co-worker, a courtesy shuttle driver gave her a ride back to her Lexus in the Borgess parking lot.
At about 8 p.m., she was seen getting into her car and driving out of the hospital's parking lot. Just before 10 p.m., Indiana State Police received reports from other drivers stating a Lexus was being driven erratically on westbound I-94.
Fuller previously said he thought it was most likely that Patrick hitched a ride along the interstate and left the area that night, based on the fact that a bloodhound tracked her scent from the car's location to the edge of the highway.
However, he said authorities are unaware what scent the dogs were "hitting" when they tracked Patrick to the edge of the highway.
Edited by bigsexylisa - Apr 09 2014 at 12:41pm