KALAMAZOO, MI – On the case now for almost 2 weeks, the private investigator hired last week by Dr. Teleka Patrick’s family said he believes the missing Kalamazoo doctor is alive.
“Absolutely,” Jim Carlin, who heads Justinian Investigative Services in Battle Creek, said Tuesday when asked if he thought Patrick, 30, was still alive, more than a month after she was last seen in downtown Kalamazoo.
Carlin was hired by Patrick’s parents on Thursday, the same day they terminated the services of Kalamazoo private investigator Carl H. Clatterbuck III.
Carlin, who also has investigated the 2004 disappearance of Mary Lands, of Marshall, inherited a case that, up to this point, has been filled with mystery and more questions than answers.
Despite that, Carlin said he is “positive” that Patrick will be found.
Patrick, who was in her first year of a four-year residency in psychiatry at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, disappeared on the night of Dec. 5 after she tried unsuccessfully to book a room at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites.
A co-worker gave Patrick a ride to the hotel after she finished a shift at Borgess Medical Center that night and Patrick borrowed $100 from a friend that she tried to use to check in at the Radisson.
Just before 8 p.m. that night, a hotel courtesy shuttle driver then gave Patrick a ride back to her car – a gold 1997 Lexus ES300 – in the Borgess parking lot.
Just after 10 p.m. that night, Indiana State Police responded after receiving a report that Patrick’s car had gone off westbound I-94 into a ditch near Portage, Ind. Police arrived about 15 minutes later and found the car but no trace of Patrick.
Inside the car, police found Patrick’s ID, credit cards and wallet. Her cellphone and purse were found Dec. 6, the day she was reported missing after she failed to show up for work.
Carlin said Tuesday that he and police believe Patrick went to Indiana on Dec. 5 “of her own free will” and Kalamazoo County sheriff’s investigators have told him and Patrick’s family they believe “some type of emotional distress” led to her leaving Kalamazoo.
“Where she is from there, we don’t know,” Carlin said.
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Rex Hall Jr. is a public safety reporter for the Kalamazoo Gazette. You can reach him at email@example.com