An autopsy has determined that a body found in an Indiana lake is that of a Michigan doctor missing since December.
The coroner in Porter County, Ind., confirmed Wednesday that it was Teleka Patrick's body that was pulled Sunday from Lake Charles in northwestern Indiana. The site is about 15 miles east of Gary and near where a car belonging to the 30-year-old doctor was abandoned Dec. 5 along Interstate 94.
The coroner says in a release that an investigation continues to determine the cause of death. Toxicology results are pending. The autopsy did not reveal any signs of trauma on the body.
Michigan authorities say Patrick behaved strangely and erratically with colleagues and others in the hours before her disappearance.
The sheriff says when the 30-year-old doctor left work the night of December 5, it seemed as though she knew she wouldn't be back.
Patrick's family released this statement regarding the situation.
Teleka had a passion and zest for life and no matter the circumstances that led up to her death, we are certain that she would not have taken her own life. Many questions remain, but what is certain is that we will love her forever and her legacy will continue to live on in the love we show to others.
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