KISSIMMEE, Florida (March 11, 2014) – Teleka Patrick’s family reached out to FOX 17, breaking their silence after their daughter, who had been missing four months, is found dead in an Indiana lake.
Investigators say they’re preparing to close the case, something that’s not sitting well with Teleka’s parents.
“That’s my child. 30 years old. Ready for life. Has so much to offer! Ready to serve and someone snuffed her out.” Teleka’s mother Irene Patrick said.
She says she can’t understand why foul play is not being considered.
It was a difficult week after an agonizing four months of not knowing where their daughter was. The family is unsatisfied with the information that came out in Wednesday’s press conference held by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department.
“So many things, seems like they changed their story every time,” Irene said.
The Patrick’s say there’s no proof Teleka was alone in her car before it went off the highway, something investigators concluded.
The devastated parents want to know if Grand Rapids Pastor Marvin Sapp knows anything about Teleka’s disappearance.
Sapp took out a restraining order against Teleka months before her disappearance. Investigators say he is not a suspect, but rather “an innocent victim of an apparent stalking.”
Friday, a second autopsy was performed on Teleka’s bodywith Private Investigator Jim Carlin present.
“The other exam did not even open the nasal cavity, which would be conclusive. It still is asphyxiation by drowning, but at least now the body can be returned to Florida for funeral on the 25th,” Carlin said.
The Patrick’s say they want a “true investigation” and that what they’ve heard is far from the truth. They say they’re not going to settle for that.
“We have to do what’s necessary to bring justice for Teleka,” Irene said.
According to the ‘Remember Teleka’ Facebook page:
The Funeral for Teleka Patrick will be held on
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10 A.M. at
Mt Sinai SDA Church
2600 Orange Center Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32805
Burial and repast to follow.
Darren Cunningham contributed to this report.