Gospel singer Marvin Sapp had restraining order against missing Dr. Teleka Patrick

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated January 08, 2014 10:30 AM
Credit: Courtesy FindTeleka

The mysterious case of missing Dr. Teleka Patrick took a strange twist with the revelation that Grammy-nominated gospel singer Marvin Sapp had a restraining order against her for alleged stalking.

Sapp was granted the personal protection order against Patrick after he claimed that she pretended to be his wife, went to his home and contacted his teenage children, ABC News reports.

Sapp says that when Patrick moved from California to Michigan, she joined the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, where he is a pastor.

“I have at least 400 page(s) of correspondence from her which I have never responded to,” Sapp wrote in the request for the protection order issued about three months before the doctor’s disappearance without a trace.

Patrick, a 30-year-old doctor in residency at Western Michigan University, went missing on the evening of Dec. 5, after she attempted to rent a hotel room at the Radisson hotel in Kalamazoo. Police later found her car abandoned nearly 100 miles away in Indiana, with her wallet and credit cards still inside.

Investigators have found no evidence of foul play, but are looking into YouTube videos of Patrick talking and singing to someone she calls “baby” and “love.”

Patrick’s family has said they did not know if Teleka was involved in a recent romantic relationship, and her parents, Mattahais and Irene Patrick, later issued a statement to The Kalamazoo Gazette about the restraining order.

“There are so many details that have been revealed during the course of this investigation that confuse and hurt us all the more,” they say. “Regardless of Teleka’s emotional state, we believe wholeheartedly that she has encountered some harm or danger. It is unlike her to go any significant length of time without any contact with family or friends.”