Teleka Patrick’s Mother Shares Thoughts, Concerns Following Press Conference

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Wednesday night, Teleka Patrick’s mother, Irene, spoke with FOX 17 regarding the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance.

Her family’s focus remains on finding the 30-year-old doctor who disappeared December 5th.

Wednesday, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s department held a press conference and shared details in the case for the first time since mid-December. However, Sheriff Richard Fuller said there haven’t been any strong leads.

In the wake of the press conference, FOX 17 asked Irene Patrick how she and her family are doing emotionally.

“It’s still draining, still a nightmare, one of uncertainty. We just want to know what’s the next step,” Patrick said over the phone from her home in Florida.

“The PI, since he came on approximately two weeks ago, has been very aggressive,” she said of Jim Carlin, the private investigator her family hired to help bring Teleka home.

“He keeps us up-to-date… updating 24/7,” she added.

FOX 17 asked Patrick her thought on law enforcements efforts in finding her daughter.

“We thank them for what they’re doing, and they continue to aggressively search for leads,” she said.

“Although, today I can’t say I agree on everything they’ve said,” Patrick said of official statements made at the press conference.

“I think personally that there is some protectionism going on here. The initial story, we were told that Teleka went to the hotel with the intention of finding a room or getting a room. And today they said that she didn’t have any intention of doing that. You know, I can’t understand the story.

“I can’t understand it. The story changes, and I’m concerned about that. That’s just one area.

“Another area, they said she… because there’s no security [cameras]. There was no security. The initial report said there was no security and nobody saw when she was in car, but today [the sheriff said] the driver saw when she was in her car. That’s not, that was not the initial story. So these things have been changing [inaudible]. To protect… I don’t know.

“But it will come out one day, the truth,” Patrick concluded.

FOX 17 thanked Patrick for her time and for sharing her thoughts during this tough time. If you have any information regarding Teleka Patrick’s disappearance or whereabouts call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office or Silent Observer at (269)343-2100.

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  • FaithAngel

    Unfortunately I think there are some denial happening on the family's end. Also the P.I handling this case does not have a very good track record. They should seriously consider hiring a P.I. that is a former FBI agent that has worked extensively in missing persons. The P.I. they hired is local who has limited in state background. Anyone who does not have a criminal record can go to P.I. training get licensed. I looked up the Michigan licensing regulations.

    We are all holding out hope that she can be found, get the treatment she desperately needs, as well as the family should seek counseling. They obviously do not want to accept their daughter has some mental issues.

    People make it out to be such a stigma when it is not any different than someone battling cancer, diabetes, heart disease. It is a real medical condition that is treatable.

    Lifting everyone involved up in prayer. We all have to keep believing she will be found and able to get the help she needs.

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