Indiana State Police search lake for missing Michigan doctor

2014-01-29T12:28:00Z 2014-01-31T12:13:00Z Indiana State Police search lake for missing Michigan doctorTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 29, 2014 12:28 pm  • 

PORTER | A multiple-agency search of Lake Charles last week for clues in a missing Michigan doctor's December disappearance did not yield any results, police said.

The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division of the Lowell District on Jan. 23 searched Lake Charles in Porter for Dr. Taleka Patrick with the assistance of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department, the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department and the Kalamazoo office of the FBI.

News of the search was released Wednesday.

Patrick, 30, of Kalamazoo, went missing Dec. 5. from the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center there. Her gold 1997 Lexus ES300 was discovered abandoned by an Indiana State trooper later that night on westbound Interstate 94 just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exit.

That exit is adjacent to Lake Charles.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department's specialized water search team, which is trained in underwater searches under ice, drilled a grid pattern in the ice on Lake Charles and placed sonar in each of the 55 holes, police said. Data from the sonar equipment was transmitted to a computer at the scene.

Police did not find any evidence or clues to assist in the investigation. Data collected will allow for a complete, detailed map of the lake, police said.

Michigan media outlets report Patrick, a first-year student in the Western Michigan University's residency program, was seen on video at a hotel near the medical center the night she disappeared trying to check in but being turned away.

Her vehicle was discovered on I-94 that night with her ID and wallet inside, but no keys.

Reports indicate Patrick tweeted about being tortured by a demonic power and her frustration with a love interest before her disappearance.

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