Psychiatry resident missing in Michigan

Dec. 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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KALAMAZOO, Mich., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan say they do not know if a medical resident who disappeared two weeks ago was the victim of foul play or left on her own.

Dr. Teleka Patrick, 30, began her residency at Western Michigan University school of medicine in Kalamazoo during the summer, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. She vanished after attending a lecture at Borgess Medical School on Dec. 5.

Patrick's parents, Mattahais and Irene, say there are a number of questions about that evening. Their daughter apparently got a phone call during the lecture and other attendees said "her whole demeanor changed."

Patrick also tried to get a room at the Radisson hotel in Kalamazoo but did not have enough money. Her parents do not know why she would have rented a room when she had an apartment 5 minutes away from the medical school.

A state trooper found Patrick's gold 1997 Lexus in a ditch off Interstate 94 just after 10 p.m. Other drivers have reported seeing a car matching the Lexus's description driving erratically on the interstate.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas said the car was undamaged except for a flat tire. Investigators do not know if Patrick was driving it.

Matyas said a courtesy van from the hotel dropped Patrick at her car at about 7:30 p.m. Investigators do not know what happened next.

"We have nothing that points to endangered," he said. "We have nothing that points to voluntarily missing."

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