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
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.
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.”