After listening Wednesday to Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller talk about the investigation of her daughter’s disappearance, Irene Patrick said she was thankful he turned the focus back to what she says has been “the most important thing from day one” – finding Teleka Patrick.

“Attention should be focused on really bringing her home so she can tell her side of the story,” Irene Patrick said by phone from her home in Florida.

During a nearly 45-minute news conference Wednesday, Fuller explained in detail what sheriff’s detectives have found in the investigation of Patrick’s disappearance. He said that although much is known about Patrick, investigators have received no credible information or clues as to her whereabouts.

Patrick, who was in the first year of a four-year residency with the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, has not been seen since Dec. 5 when she got a ride from a co-worker at Borgess Medical Center to the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo.

Patrick, 30, borrowed $100 from the co-worker and tried to get a room at the Radisson but was unable to check in because didn’t have enough money and did not have identification with her, Fuller said Wednesday.

She later got a ride from a hotel courtesy shuttle driver who dropped her off at Borgess. The shuttle driver saw Patrick leave the hospital in her gold 1997 Lexus ES300, which about two hours later was found in a ditch along westbound I-94 in Indiana.

Among the key points about the case that Fuller mentioned Wednesday were:

*Patrick’s co-worker and two employees at the Radisson who interacted with Patrick on Dec. 5 found her behavior to be erratic and strange.

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