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Where is Kierra Coles? Chicago Police release a new video on the missing postal worker

Jennifer Geer

She's been missing since 2018. A new video released by the Chicago Police Department reveals a "person of interest" in her case.

(CHICAGO) It was nearly four years ago when Kierra Coles, 26 years old and three months pregnant at the time, was last seen.

New video released

Chicago Police produced and published a video hoping to find answers regarding the cold case.

Police told ABC7 Chicago that Coles' case is a "high-risk missing person investigation with potential foul play suspected."

Chicago Police tweeted, "Kierra Coles was three months pregnant when she was last seen on October 18, 2018. The Chicago Police Department is seeking information that could lead to Kierra's whereabouts. For almost four years, her family has been seeking answers."

What's in the video?

The video begins with Coles' mother, Karen Phillips, reminiscing about her daughter and how hard she worked to get her job at the post office. A job, Phillips said, that Coles loved.

"If I could use one word to describe Kierra, it would be ambition," said Phillips, "because everything that little girl said she was gonna do, she did."

Timeline of her disappearance

Phillips says in the last conversation that she ever had with her daughter, they talked about her pregnancy and how happy Coles was to be pregnant.

Coles was last seen on video surveillance footage on October 2, 2018.

In the video, police revealed the timeline they put together on the night Coles disappeared. Coles was spotted on surveillance footage entering her Chicago home, followed by a man that detectives have called a "person of interest."

Coles then drove off with the man in her car. Minutes after she is seen driving away with him, she was then spotted on the video surveillance at a business near her home, where she made two ATM withdrawals.

Her car is then seen by video surveillance less than an hour later parked in another part of the city. The person of interest is seen exiting the passenger side of Coles' car. No one else is seen leaving the vehicle.

The following day, the man was recorded on video entering and exiting Coles' house and carrying unknown items out. But there was no sign of Coles.

Where is Kierra Coles?

"The worst thing a parent can go through is not knowing whether their child is safe, warm, fed, being treated right," said Phillips. "It is just heartbreaking."

If you have information on Kierra Coles, contact the Chicago Police Department's anonymous tip line here.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is also still investigating Coles' disappearance. If you have information, you can call their hotline at (877) 876-2455.


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