*Earlier this week we reported that a body found in a lake in Indiana was most likely that of missing Michigan doctor Teleka Patrick (pictured).
In a news release on Wednesday, a coroner in Porter County, Ind. confirmed that it was indeed Patrick’s body that was pulled Sunday from Lake Charles in the northwest part of the state, the Associated Press reports. The site where the body was found is about 15 miles east of Gary, Ind. and near where a car belonging to the doctor was abandoned Dec. 5 along Interstate 94.
According to the news release, investigation continues to determine the cause of death as toxicology results were pending.
While speaking Wednesday morning at a news conference, Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said there were no signs of trauma or foul play found on Patrick’s body. An initial cause of death appeared to be drowning, he said.
The AP noted that Patrick had been in Michigan since last summer when she started a medical residency at Borgess Medical Center. The 30-year-old doctor, who moved from California, generated headlines for allegedly stalking gospel singer Marvin Sapp. In September, the Grammy-nominated entertainer secured personal protection order against Patrick, who Sapp said joined his Grand Rapids, Mich.-based church, Lighthouse Full Life Center, after relocating from California. According to reports, Sapp alleged that Patrick claimed to be his wife, contacted his teenage children and had been to his home.
Regarding Sapp’s situation, Fuller previously stated that he believes the vocalist was “an innocent victim of an apparent stalking” and has no evidence they ever met or had personal contact.
Hours before her disappearance, Michigan authorities stated that Patrick behaved strangely and erratically with colleagues and others. Although she was last seen trying to get a room at a hotel in Kalamazoo, Patrick did not stay there. Instead, she got a ride back to her car at the Borgess Medical Center.