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Search Porter lake for evidence of missing woman

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An unsuccessful search of Lake Charles in Porter was conducted on Thursday, Jan. 23, for evidence of a missing Michigan woman whose abandoned car was found on Dec. 5 on I-94 near the Porter/Burns Harbor exits.

The search was conducted by the Indiana State Police’s Criminal Investigation Division, the Kalamazoo, Mich., office of the FBI, and the Kalamazoo County and Washtenaw County, Mich., sheriff’s departments.

Teleka Patrick was reported missing in Kalamazoo County on Thursday, Dec. 5, the same night her gold 1997 Lexus ES300 was found abandoned by an ISP trooper in the westbound lanes of I-94, just east of the Porter/Burns Harbor exits, adjacent to Lake Charles.

On Jan. 23 the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department deployed a specialized team capable of conducting water searches under ice, using a “very advanced and sophisticated sonar equipment system,” the ISP said.

A 55-hole grid system was first 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 detailed map of the lake.

Nothing of evidentiary value, however, was found, the ISP said.

The ISP did extend its gratitude to the Bass Pro Shop in Portage, for its loan of a 10-inch gas-powered auger to assist searchers. “Due to the large number of holes that were drilled, this equipment was crucial,” the ISP said. “Without it this task would have been almost impossible.”

Posted 1/29/2014