The FBI has issued a “Missing Person” poster for Dr Teleka Patrick, 30, also known as Teleka Calderon, a medical resident at Borgess Medical Center here.
It said after completing her shift Patrick “unsuccessfully tried to rent a hotel room in downtown Kalamazoo”, and then she was dropped off by the hotel shuttle driver in the parking lot at Borgess Medical Center.
“These are some of the mysteries that we don’t understand,” said Patrick’s Jamaican-born father, Mattahais Patrick, a retired Seventh-day Adventist minister, who lives with his wife, in Florida.
The Patricks’ said they have hired a private investigator and have completed their own searches for their daughter in Kalamazoo and Indiana.
“Teleka is a light, a happy, spirited person, she’s kind and compassionate,” said Patrick’s Jamaican-born mother, Irene.
The FBI said Patrick had left some of her belongings at work, including her cell phone.
The law enforcement agency said that later on the same evening, Patrick’s vehicle – a light-gold 1997 Lexus ES 300 – was “found abandoned off the roadway in a ditch with a possible flat tire on I-94 (Inter-State Highway), mile … in Porter, Indiana”.
The law enforcement agency said that her belongings were in the car, including clothing items, a wallet that contained her driver’s license, credit cards and a small amount of cash.
“Dr Patrick failed to report to her regular shift at work the next day. Dr Patrick has not been heard from since this time. If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate,” it added,
Family members said they are baffled by reports that she might have been driving toward Chicago, Illinois late that night when she was scheduled to work the next morning.