Chicago police said they considered Coles’ case “a high-risk missing person investigation with suspected potential foul play.”
Karen Phillips, the mother of a missing postal worker, Kierra ColesShe speaks out three years later in hopes of gaining public support to find out what happened to her daughter, who disappeared on October 2, 2018.
The 26-year-old woman was three months pregnant when her car was found on the south side of Chicago with her phone and a lunch box in it. Her family said she had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for years and that Coles and her boyfriend had saved money on a car and house and planned their pregnancy.
Phillips told ABC News that she had not received any new information from the Chicago police in over a year. “I could never reach anyone. They went to dinner, they call me back, they are out of the office. It’s always something, “she told the network last week. “They don’t even get in touch and say, ‘Well, Ms. Phillips, we’re still going through this’ … or, ‘We have no new leads.’ Just say something. “
Chicago police said they considered Coles’ case “a high-risk missing person investigation with suspected potential foul play.” They said they had not given up their case and urged “anyone with knowledge of their last whereabouts” to contact the Chicago Police Department.
In a statement, police said: “We are looking for all the information we can to find it and we will not stop until we do.”
Missing U.S. Postal Service Agent Kierra Coles. (Courtesy photo of the missing flyer)
Phillips said not knowing whether her daughter is dead or alive is a loss that is “unbearable”.
“I haven’t seen my child every day – if I haven’t seen them, at least talked to them every day – and haven’t seen them in three years,” she said. “I try to be strong for the other kids, I try not to really break down in front of them. But we talk about them all the time, we have pictures everywhere. We just really want her home. “
She said she wished she had the chance to meet the grandchild that her daughter never had: “I miss him – him or her – even though they weren’t born yet. I just miss him because she would have been a great mom, ”said Phillips. “We were so excited that she was going to be a mother. … That was the last thing she was waiting for. “
The story goes on
In addition to the Chicago Police Department, the FBI and the United States Postal Inspection Service are working on the case. “As of October 2018, postal inspectors have tracked down and checked nearly 400 leads across the country. The US Postal Inspection Service distributed thousands of award flyers, “the Postal Inspection Service told ABC News.
“Kierra Coles is a member of our Postal family and we will continue to search for her and follow up any leads,” the agency continued. “If you know anything, no matter how trivial it may seem, please get in touch, as it can be vital to our investigation.” They asked anyone with knowledge to come forward.
Tens of thousands of black women and girls go missing in the US every year and the website Our Black Girls, launched by Erika Marie Rivers, is working to expand their stories.
Last month, Rivers told NPR, “I don’t want to just be the newest person to write about these girls and these women,” she says. “I want your story or this chapter to end, whether we find out what happened, whether someone got justice, whatever it is.”
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