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Family of Teleka Patrick get words of encouragement from another family who knows their pain

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Every day brings new twists and turns in the search for missing doctor Teleka Patrick  and now the Patrick family is getting some reassurance from another family who knows what that's like.

Anita and Cliff Marshall know the pain of having a daughter vanish with no trace. Mary Lands was last seen in Marshal ten years ago and there are still no answers. This week Anita talked with Teleka Patricks mother.

"The best thing I could tell her was you need to stay strong and go to that police department every minute of the day or every day you do that, don't give up, you have to stay strong, for her," says Anita Marshall.

And Marshall says she knows what its like to go for weeks with no leads in the case.
"You feel like you're isolated, like youre all alone, like no one's gonna listen so there's no use in saying anything or talking about it.  You feel totally alone," says Marshall.

And that's why Anita wanted to reach out to the Patricks.

In Teleka's case we now know Grammy nominated Grand Rapids Pastor Marvin Sapp received a personal protection order against Patrick in September.  In it Sapp wrote that Patrick claimed he was her husband.

He writes she contacted, "my children and has been to my home."

A judge ruled that "the petition and affidavit clearly establish that the petitioner is being stalked."

But the Patrick's new private investigator hired this week, Jim Carlin, says all the attention on that information doesn't help find Teleka.

"This kind of stuff that is out there is just a distraction, the woman disappeared on December, 5th and the focus should be on what happened after that," says Carlin.