Though it’s been quite some time since we’ve had an update on the case of missing Michigan doctor Taleka Patrick, over the past few days some damaging rumors have been floating around concerning Marvin Sapp’s connection to the 30-year-old woman. As you know, Sapp sought out a protective order against Patrick in September, saying that she had been to his home, claimed to be his wife, contacted his children, and joined his congregation at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids. At the time Sapp appeared to be the clear victim in the situation, but recently stories began circulating that police were actually investigating him as a suspect in Patrick’s disappearance. Thankfully, Undersheriff Paul Matyas with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, has come forward to deny those rumors, telling WZZM 13 News:
“Mr. Sapp has been nothing but cooperative. He is an innocent victim of stalking in this incident.”
Jim Carlin, a private investigator for the Patrick family, confirmed Matyas’ statement saying he doesn’t believe Sapp or any of his associates harmed Miss Patrick. He did say, however, that her family and members of Sapp’s own church are unhappy with how little effort he has shown in efforts to find the missing woman. Earlier this year a petition was circulating asking Sapp to hold a vigil to raise awareness for Patrick’s disappearance, but it appears he never responded. Another vigil for Patrick will be held tomorrow at the Craig Kempf Funeral Home in Marshall, Michigan, recognizing the 10th anniversary of another missing West Michigan woman, Mary Lands.
Did you believe rumors Marvin Sapp was a suspect?