UPDATE: Body pulled from lake is missing Mich. doctor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An autopsy has found the body pulled from Indiana lake is that of Michigan doctor, Teleka Patrick, missing since December.

A car belonging to 30-year-old Dr. Patrick of Kalamazoo was abandoned along Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana on Dec. 5.

Authorities pulled a woman's body from nearby Lake Charles on Sunday.

Wednesday, investigators identified the body pulled from the lake as that of Teleka Patrick.

Patrick's family released this statement: "Teleka’s death is not the ending we had hoped for, however, the journey does not end here. As we mourn Teleka, we must also honor her; honor the life she led, honor her kind spirit and honor her devotion to God and others. 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. 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."

Michigan authorities say Patrick behaved strangely and erratically with colleagues and others before her disappearance.

Lake Charles is about 15 miles east of Gary, Ind. Police and FBI agents searched the lake Jan. 23 for Patrick.

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