KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) – The family of a missing Kalamazoo med student are doing everything and anything they can to get the public’s help in finding their loved one.
“When it first happened, I didn’t feel like it was real…it just started hitting me today that it’s real. I can’t put it into words man,” said Mattahais Patrick, Teleka’s brother.
Teleka Patrick, 30, was last seen Dec. 5 after spending the evening in downtown Kalamazoo. She was then dropped off at her vehicle in the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center. Police said her car was found abandoned on I-94 near Porter, Ind. later that night. Some of her belongings were in the car, but not her purse.
“This is a mother’s worst nightmare. You know, sometimes I cry myself to sleep. Sometimes I’m very optimistic. But what really caused me to be not optimistic was finding her car and not finding her,” said Irene Patrick, Teleka’s mother.
On Friday, December 6th, she failed to arrive at work. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department was notified and started searching for her.
“Where is she? Where, where? To me, it’s more frustrating, its scarier that they found the car and didn’t find her,” said Teleka’s sister Teneisha.
Teleka Patrick’s family sent out a letter Saturday asking the public for help in finding her. They talked about the things they love most Teleka; her smile, her kindness and her laugh when she made corny jokes.
Her family is hoping and praying for her safe return.
“Sweetheart, please come home. I can’t have Christmas without you. I just made her bed because she has her ticket to come and spend Christmas with us,” said Irene.
Teleka’s parents traveled to Kalamazoo from Florida, her sister from Boston and her brother from New York City, in hopes of finding answers as to where Teleka is.0