The family of the missing pregnant postal worker, Kierra Coles, isn’t giving up on their search and is increasing the reward money to $68,000 to get more people to help with the investigation.
On March 7, at a candlelight vigil, Coles’ mother, Karen Phillips, asked those with any information regarding her daughter’s disappearance to come forward.
Standing beside Phillips were Chicago community activists Raul Montes Jr., Patrick Gibbons (who worked as a mail carrier at the same location Coles worked) and Dr. Kim Tee.
“I just want to say to anybody that’s watching, please help me bring my daughter home,” Phillips pleaded. “If it’s anybody that know anything or saw anything, it may be something small that may help us. Just call in, give a tip, let us know something.”
She continued, “This is too long. My daughter been missing. It’d be almost five years. Can you imagine how I feel? No, you can’t. Can’t nobody imagine the pain that I go through daily, missing my child, not hearing her voice, not knowing if she had her child, not knowing if she’s suffering every day, not knowing if her child is suffering every day. That will really mess with your [mentality]. Which what it’s doing to mine, but I’m trying to keep going to fight to help bring my daughter home.”
Phillips said the police must do more for her daughter’s investigation. She ended her speech by addressing her daughter, telling her she won’t give up on her.
As News Onyx reported, Coles went missing on Oct. 2, 2018, while commuting to work and was three months pregnant (due April 2019) at the time. Police found her cell phone in her car and her keys and wallet inside her apartment, but she was nowhere to be found.
It’s unclear what happened to Coles since there isn’t much information about what could’ve happened to her. It’s known that Coles’ alleged boyfriend and the father of her baby claimed he hadn’t seen her, but Phillips said he was with her the night she went missing after withdrawing money from an ATM machine.
Detective Lt. Will Svilar told NBC Chicago that Simmons gave conflicting accounts and didn’t want to investigators.”
Police are asking those with any information to call 312-747-8274.
Montes clarified, stating the reward won’t be given until the information leads to an arrest and conviction.