That’s because the seasoned weren’t looking.
It’s been up to amateur sleuths on websleuths.com to search for missing Teleka Patrick.
Ever since Patrick disappeared, members of the site have tracked clues about her — including her social media presence.
The team of solving crime fanatics uncovered many different Twitter handles, thousands of deleted Twitter posts, 20,000 Twitter posts and online videos.
“We were ahead of everybody on this,” said Tricia Griffith, co-owner of the website. “Although it’s not me, it’s our wonderful members. … It’s like having a gigantic worldwide research department at your fingertips.”
Griffith called Patrick’s case one of the most unique in years — having solved dozens of nationwide cases.
Patrick is an accomplished young woman as a first-year medical student, but seemed to be suffering from mental illness with an obsession for gospel singer Marvin Sapp.
“You usually don’t see this in true crime, where the victim poured out her soul for everybody to see,” Griffith said.
She continue with, “You can tell this is a wonderful, kind, loving woman who is ill,” Griffith said. “You can’t help but be drawn to this case. You really want to rescue her.”
In a variety of Twitter posts on Sept. 17, less than three months before she disappeared, Patrick wrote about her struggle to determine whether she had a genuine telepathic, psychic connection with her love for an unnamed man or if the romance was a figment of her imagination.
“My mind totally broke down and melted,” Patrick, 30, wrote about her doubts. “And started telling me it’s all a lie, it’s voices, and I’m crazy. That’s why I stopped coming to where you work. Because I was so scared it was all a lie. And I was very confused. … I really thought this whole situation was in my mind. Like the entire thing — feeling kisses and pleasure, the revelation from God about you, coming here for a job.
But by looking at the man’s public posts on social media, which Patrick thought contained coded messages to her, “I realized it wasn’t a lie,” she wrote. “… So shortly after that, God connected us again. And I was able to hear your thoughts in my head and communicate with you by thought. We could both do it. And you were able to be inside of my mind.”
She posted a video for her love in November and after initial reports of her missing, this soon after her disappearance allowed the website to dove into her online presence for clues.
“I knew she was stalking MS,” Kathleen Streitenberger, a skiptracer said in an email to the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Check out more of this article from mlive.com about tracking down Patrick’s online presence in order to gain clues.