The body of a woman
was recovered on Sunday from Lake Charles in the Town of Porter, two months
after the Indiana State Police and Michigan law enforcement searched the
lake for evidence of a Kalamazoo woman who went missing in December and
whose vehicle was found abandoned nearby on I-94.
Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune on Sunday that the
body appears to be an African-American woman’s. There were no obvious signs
of trauma, he said, but “there was a considerable amount of decomposition.”
Harris was hoping
to conduct an autopsy on Tuesday in Lake County. No identification has yet
been made but Harris did say that he’s obtained the dental records of Teleka
Cassandra Patrick, 33, who was last seen in the parking lot of a medical
center in Kalamazoo on Thursday, Dec. 5, the same night an ISP trooper found
her 1997 Lexus ES300 abandoned in the westbound lanes of I-94, just east of
the Porter/Burns Harbor exit.
Lake Charles is
located immediately north of I-94 and around 1,500 feet east of the
Porter/Burns Harbor exit.
The Porter Fire
Department’s Dive/Rescue Team recovered the body on Sunday, at 7:31 a.m.,
after a fisherman reported something suspicious in the water about six feet
from shore on the southeast side of the lake, Fire Chief Lewis Craig told
The body was fully
dressed in dark clothing, Harris said. He declined to say whether any items
or personal possessions were found on or with the body.
On Jan. 23, the
ISP’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Kalamazoo office of the FBI, and
the Kalamazoo County and Washtenaw County, Mich., sheriff’s departments
conducted an unsuccessful search of Lake Charles for evidence of the missing
Patrick, using advanced sonar gear.
In advance of the
search, a 55-hole grid system was drilled through the ice, then sonar placed
in each of the holes. Data were then sent to a central computer on-site,
which configured a complete and central map of the lake. Nothing of
evidentiary value was found, however, the ISP said at the time.
Craig told the
Tribune today that the PFD’s Dive/Rescue Team was not asked to
participate in the Jan. 23 search of Lake Charles.