Jim Carlin, a private investigator hired by Dr. Taleka Patrick’s family after they fired the first investigator, said he has been told by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office that they believe “some sort of emotional distress” caused Patrick to leave town on the night of Dec. 5.
Patrick wrote about being tortured by a “demonic power” shortly before she deleted her Twitter posts and disappeared on Dec. 5, according to Twitter posts obtained by the Kalamazoo Gazette.
“I can’t take much more of this,” Patrick appeared to write in a Dec. 4 Twitter post to an unnamed love interest. “There are normal ways to contact people you know … You reach me through a demonic power. That gives demons power over me and dilutes my spiritual authority.
“Because you are using a demon to contact me, when I turn my heart towards you, it passes through a demonic power. When I say I love you, I am also saying I love you to a demon because that is how you made me fall for you,” she posted as @PatientMunchkin.
Carlin said he is aware of Twitter posts linked to Patrick, but has not reviewed all of them.
The sheriff’s office on Tuesday refused comment on the case, but said they would release the findings of their investigation into Patrick’s disappearance later this month.
Carlin said he believes the missing Kalamazoo doctor is alive.
“Absolutely,” Carlin said Tuesday when asked if he thought Patrick was still alive, more than a month after she was last seen in downtown Kalamazoo.
Getting recommendations just for you...
“Call it cop intuition … But I do believe she is alive.”
Carlin, who also has investigated the 2004 disappearance of Mary Lands of Marshall, Mich., inherited a case that, up to this point, has been filled with mystery and more questions than answers.
Despite that, Carlin said he is “positive” that Patrick will be found.
His first five days on the case have been active, including tracking down information on a tip on Monday of a possible sighting of Patrick outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Carlin said he and police were able to later confirm that the woman sighted in Colorado was not Patrick.
Meanwhile, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Matyas said Tuesday that his agency plans to “in the next week and a half or two … to put out something more definitive as to what our investigation has disclosed.”
Read the full story at mlive.com