“The female has been positively identified of that of Dr. Teleka Patrick,” Fuller said at a press release earlier today. “The cause of death seems to be consistent with that of an accidental drowning.”
Fuller says Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris initially had difficulty identifying Patrick’s body because it was severely decomposed. But $100 in cash, a pager, and the keys to her Lexus were found in her coat pocket, which is consistent with what authorities believe Patrick was carrying with her the night she went missing.
Harris was eventually able to confirm Patrick’s body through her fingerprints.
“Teleka’s death is not the ending we had hoped for, however, the journey does not end here,” wrote Patrick’s family on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her. “As we mourn Teleka, we must also honor her; honor the life she led, honor her kind spirit and honor her devotion to God and others.”