Teleka Patrick’s Family Reacts to News of Daughter’s Death

Posted at 12:24 PM, Apr 09, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The family of Kalamazoo Doctor Teleka Patrick, who went missing four months ago, released a statement Wednesday, just minutes after investigators confirmed it was Patrick’s body that was pulled from an Indiana lake over the weekend.

The ‘Find Teleka’ Facebook page posted this statement to its wall Thursday morning:

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”Lamentations 3:22-23.  Over the past several months, you have gotten to know Teleka Cassandra Patrick. You’ve gotten to know her how we knew her and you’ve seen her bright and caring smile. She was beautiful, intelligent, and God-fearing. You’ve prayed for Teleka, cried for Teleka, and worked to find Teleka and we thank you.

We thank you for walking this difficult journey with our family. Teleka’s death is not the ending we had hoped for, however, the journey does not end here. As we mourn Teleka, we must also honor her; honor the life she led, honor her kind spirit and honor her devotion to God and others. Teleka had a passion and zest for life and no matter the circumstances that led up to her death, we are certain that she would not have taken her own life. Many questions remain, but what is certain is that we will love her forever and her legacy will continue to live on in the love we show to others.

Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy in this difficult time.The Patrick Family

Jim Carlin, the family’s private investigator, posted this statement to the ‘Find Teleka’ Facebook page:

Thank you to all who prayed and supported us over these last four difficult months. It was not the resolution we had hoped for, but at least the Patrick family will be able to go to their beloved daughter’s final resting place to grieve and talk to her. Too many other families in these tragic circumstances often never know where their loved ones may have gone. I know that the faith that helped the Patrick will continue, and the Lord will comfort them going forth.