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Investigators still hunting for missing Kalamazoo doctor
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Now a month after a Kalamazoo doctors disappearance, investigators say they are looking at every scenario for where she could be.
Dr. Teleka Patrick was last seen on December Fifth in Kalamazoo, her car was found later that day abandoned along I-94 in Indiana.
With all the attention on their case there are sightings of her reported all over the country and many of those are coming in to private investigator Jim Carlin with Justinian Investigative Services.
"We had some good information over the weekend that she might have been seen in Colorado Springsbut that tip did not pan out, there were several more this morning I'm following up on."
Carlin says he is looking at every possible scenario and starting tomorrow plans to check into whether Patrick may have checked herself into a hospital and privacy law would not allow the hospital to reveal that.
"Not only do the HIPPA laws have such stringency, also the mental health laws. That's part of what I'll be doing in Indiana and Illinois tomorrow," says Carlin.
New information in the case and statements from Patrick's ex-husband have raised questions over whether Patrick may have battled mental illness.
And we also now know a grand rapids pastor had a personal protection order against Patrick and accused her of stalking him.
Carlin says the Patrick family didn't know that side of Teleka.
"The Patricks are totally shocked by some of these reports that are out there, but no parent knows their children all the time and what's going on."
But in part because of the Patrick family's optimism even after a month, he says he is hopeful.
"I do believe she's alive and we're going to bring her home."
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, which is one of three agencies working on this case, says it hopes to give an update on where the case stands in the next week or two and lay out what they have found so far.