It’s been five months since 27-year-old Kierra Coles was last seen, but her family and the community she lives in are not giving up hope that she will be found alive.
Coles, a postal worker from the South Side, was last seen on Oct. 2 as she left her apartment. She was three months pregnant at the time, and was wearing her work uniform, but she has not been seen since.
“I just want to scream, cry, and holler,” her mother Karen Phillips said. “I just want her home. This has been the longest five months of my life.”
Coles was one of many missing Chicago residents whose pictures were displayed at a vigil in Chicago on Thursday. At the letter carrier union hall, Coles’ picture remains in a prominent place, as her co-workers vow that they will not let her case become a cold one.
“I’ve been in contact with police, badgering them, making sure they are putting all the resources they can toward some info to find this sister,” Local 11 President Mack Julion said.
The reward for information in Coles’ disappearance has climbed to $30,000, and her friends and family hope that anyone with that information will come forward.
“It’s somebody who is watching this that will know something. Just come forward,” Julion said. “You don’t have to leave your name or anything. Just do the right thing.”
Coles’ due date is coming next month, and community activist Andrew Holmes is one of many who hopes that she will be found safely and that her family will be able to celebrate, instead of continuing to worry.
“If anyone is holding her, God help her get free,” he said.