Monday, April 07, 2014

Body of Teleka Patrick believed to have been found.

[ SOURCE ] The body discovered early Sunday by a fisherman in an Indiana Lake is believed to be missing Kalamazoo Dr. Teleka Patrick, says Jim Carlin, a private investigator hired by her family to assist in the search.

However, Carlin stressed that police have not yet identified the body discovered in Lake Charles in Porter, Ind. around 7:10 a.m. and that his statements only reflect his beliefs.

"That's my position," Carlin said in relation to the identity of the body. "Obviously the family wants to have it confirmed with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office."

A press release issued by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office around 2:30 p.m. confirmed a body was found in the lake around that investigators searched as recently as April 1 without finding any clues as to Patrick's disappearance. The release states the identity of the body is currently unknown and Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said there will be no further comment at this time.

According to a news release issued by Indiana State Police, the body pulled from the lake by members of its SCUBA team was a woman dressed in dark pants and a dark top. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Rick Strong confirmed a body was found Sunday morning on the south side of the lake floating in the water, but said the identity cannot be confirmed until an autopsy is conducted.

"I don't know who was saying she was found," Strong said. "We have not identified her yet."

However, when asked if the body was Patrick's, Strong said it was "a possibility."

"It's what we told (Patrick's) family out of courtesy, is it possible," Strong said. "That's why we called them. But until we do the autopsy, we can't say it's her."

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