Irene Patrick anxiously paced her home Christmas Day, with one question in mind: Where was her daughter, Teleka?It had been 20 days since anyone heard from her.TelekaPatrick, 30, a first-year resident in Western Michigan University'smedical school program, was last seen Dec. 5 in the parking lot ofBorgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, where she worked. Her car was foundlater in a ditch 100 miles away in Indiana.According to investigators, Patrick vanished without a trace, leaving her family and friends searching for answers."She'sone fine girl I'll love for the rest of my life," Irene Patrick saidFriday from her home in Kissimmee, Fla. She hired a private investigatorto assist in the case, which is being handled by the Indiana StatePolice, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office and the FBI."Thefamily is currently heavily involved in looking for evidence," KalamazooCounty Sheriff Richard Fuller said. "We're ...seeking out informationand taking it in different directions. There isn't enough information tospeculate."Here's what authorities say they've pieced together so far in the time leading up to Patrick's disappearance:Afterfinishing her shift around 7 p.m.at Borgess, Patrick got a ride from amale co-worker to the downtown Radisson Hotel. She was seen onsurveillance footage at the hotel wearing a black hoodie and blackslacks, and attempted to check into a room. She had no identification,only cash and ended up leaving.The hotel's shuttle service tookher back to the medical center to get her car, a light-gold 1997 LexusES 300, just after 8 p.m.Her car was found in a ditch off I-94in Portage, Ind., around 10 p.m. Central Standard Time, after IndianaState Police received a call about a vehicle driving erratically. Thecar contained her wallet and identification, but no car keys. The carhad a flat tire, but was otherwise undamaged. She was reported missingthe following morning, when she failed to arrive at work.The state police took a bloodhound to the scene Dec. 12, and the dog traced her steps back to the freeway and stopped.Thequestion, investigators say, is what caused her to drive more than 100miles west without her cell phone and purse and without alerting herfriends and family. She had purchased an airline ticket to visit herparents in Florida and was supposed to arrive Dec. 23."There hasto be some triggering event to make a person in their 30s leave theirphone anywhere," said Carl Clatterbuck, the Kalamazoo privateinvestigator. "Phones for anyone between the ages of 14 and 35 are alarge part of their life, to leave it means that you're leaving all ofyour friends, relatives, all of your connection to the world. Thatsuggested to me that she wanted to be away from something, and to not betracked."Clatterbuck said Patrick received a phone call the daybefore she disappeared that may have agitated her, but he was told thatthere was "nothing remarkable" to be seen in her phone records.Clatterbuck confirmed that she had an "on-again, off-again" boyfriend,but he is not a suspect and the two were on good terms. Patrick'sex-husband, Clatterbuck said, also is not a suspect because they haven'thad any contact in two years.However, YouTube videos surfacedthis week of Patrick singing to a suspected love interest at her home inthe Gull Run Apartments. One video, posted to an account titled "sandra3000cassie" in earlyNovember,shows a breakfast she made for the person and her saying, "I justwanted to show you what I made, first I start with, if you were here,this is what would be your plate," panning to a table set for two, withorange juice, Morningstar veggie bacon, pancakes and omelets. In another video, she refers to the person she's addressing as "baby" or "love."Irene Patrick said she didn't know to whom Teleka Patrick was referring in the videos."She didn't tell me about her private life; she was an adult," Irene Patrick said. "But I wish she had."TelekaPatrick was raised in New York, attended the Bronx High School ofScience and had a scholarship offer from Harvard, her parents said. Sheattended Oakwood University in Alabama and left Loma Linda University inCalifornia this past spring with her medical degree and doctorate inbiochemistry. She had moved to Kalamazoo just six months ago to begin afour-year residency program for psychiatry at Western."People in the community spoke so highly of her," Irene Patrick said.Clatterbuck said Teleka Patrick had no history of psychiatric issues.He noted, however, that the residency program at Western is stressful."Oneof the components of that program is a lack of sleep," he said. "It's astandard first-year residency program. But we don't know what isagitating her, we don't know what was bothering her enough to want to goto the hotel."The FBI is helping the other agencies publicize the case, said spokesman David Porter of the Detroit field office."It's been all over social media," Porter said.According to the FBI's website, a poster has been shared nearly 3,500 times on Facebook. A Twitter account, @FindTeleka, has garnered nearly 1,000 followers. A fund-raiser titled #FindTelekaon gofundme.comhas raised nearly $35,000 from almost 500 separate donations and will go toward search efforts.The case has been featured on "Nancy Grace,""Good Morning America" and CNN.IrenePatrick said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. She evenreceived a message from a woman who lost her husband to cancer atBorgess. The woman described how Teleka Patrick comforted her duringthat difficult period."Tears were drawn to my eyes when I readthat," Irene Patrick said. "I just want the public to search in everycorner, I am so distraught."Anyone who has information aboutTeleka Patrick's disappearance is asked to call the Kalamazoo CountySheriff's Office at 269-383-8748 or Indiana State Police at219-696-6242.
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