Kalamazoo, Mich. — Dr. Teleka Patrick a medical resident at in Kalamazoo, Mich. has vanished and, as more details emerge, it appears that she may be suffering some type of mental turmoil.
Patrick, 30, who also is known as Teleka Cameron, was last seen at work on Dec. 5.
At the end of her shift she asked her a coworker to drop her off at a the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo and also asked for to borrow $100 to pay for the room.
Since her car was parked in the parking garage at the Medical Center, it is not known why she wanted a ride instead of taking her own car.
She is seen on surveillance video at the hotel attempting to obtain a room and was dressed in black wearing a hood.
She did not have enough money to pay for the room and the shuttle bus driver drove her back to her car at approximately 8 p.m. He said she appeared to be agitated and was ducking behind cars.
According to Carl Clatterbuck, a private investigator hired by the family, Patrick had stayed at the hotel in the past.
Approximately two hours after she was dropped off at her car by the shuttle bus driver, her gold 1997 Lexus, was found 110 miles away in a ditch along Interstate 94 near Portage, Ind.
The car had a flat tire.
Her wallet and identification were found in the abandoned car and her cell phone was located at the Borgess Medical Center.
Tracking dogs were brought to the scene and authorities said that Patrick’s scent vanished approximately 30 feet from where the car was found.
The family of Teleka Patrick has been very worried about her. In addition to hiring a private investigator, the family created a Find Teleka Facebook page.
Her father is a former Seventh Day Adventist Pastor and raised Teleka Patrick in that faith.
Using one of her numerous screen handles, Patrick has favorited a number of religious videos on her YouTube channel.
There was some speculation initially that due to the long hours that a medical resident works that perhaps she suffered from some type of lack of sleep induced psychosis.
When her family was asked about Patrick’s mental health, they went on the record to say that they did not know of any mental health issues. Unfortunately, that statement does not appear to ring true.
A gospel singer, Marvin Sapp, has said that Patrick has been stalking him. He has hundreds of emails that he says Patrick sent him. He also says she had represented herself as his wife and even was in contact with his children.
Patrick’s ex-husband, Ismael “Smiley” Calderon, said that their six-year marriage ended in part due to Teleka Patricks mental health problems and for her refusal to get help.
He also said that he believed that she moved to Kalamazoo to be with someone because ,”God told her to”.
Patrick comes from a close-knit religious family so it does not seem believable that she never exhibited any signs of mental illness in front of her family, or that her family did not hear of any problems from her ex-husband or other friends.
Her ex-husband said that while Patrick did acknowledge she had issues, she did not seek help for fear of tarnishing her professional reputation.
When a person is missing, family members oftentimes want to portray the missing person in a sparkling, unblemished light which may have influenced the family’s decision not to tell the entire truth.
In another high profile missing person’s case, Kara Nichols, who went from missing from Colorado and has a background working in the adult entertainment industry looked nothing like the official missing person posters circulated by her family.
In that case, the family attempted to tightly control all information related to the case and it ultimately negatively impacted the attention the case received.
Patrick’s family may have been in denial about her problems or simply did not want to embarrass her and possibly damage her career by publicizing details of her mental health, however, it is an important component that should not be overlooked.
On her sister Tenesha Patrick’s Facebook page, she printed part of a family statement that said,
We are aware of media reports that are beginning to focus on Teleka’s mental health, and while we encourage the pursuit of honest journalism and truth, we will not take part in sensationalizing Teleka’s disappearance.
The fact remains that Teleka disappeared on Dec 5th. The fact remains that Teleka’s car was found with a flat tire on the side of I-94, a notoriously dangerous highway. And, the fact remains that NO ONE, not a friend, family member, co-worker or loved one has been in contact with Teleka since Dec 5th.
We believe that she has met with foul play and wholeheartedly believe that she is in danger. We are begging anyone with any information about her disappearance to contact the Kalamazoo Sheriff’s dept (269-383-8748) or the FBI.
A number of strange videos made by Patrick have emerged. She has used a number of different screen names and can be seen cooing, talking, singing and cooking for someone.
It is not known if the person she was making the videos for was real, a figment of her imagination,or if the videos were directed toward Sapp.
After all of the information has come out about Patrick’s apparent mental health issues, her parents have said that emotional issues aside, they still fear for her safety and believe she may have become a victim of a crime.
Calderon agrees with the family that Patrick is trouble while P.I. Chatterbuck has said that it appeared Patrick wanted to “get off the grid” for awhile.
Since the case has appeared to cross state lines, the FBI has issued an alert idenifying the case as a possible kidnapping.
If you have information on the Taleka Patrick case please contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269-383-8748, or contact Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.