CHICAGO — Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday evening for a missing pregnant woman who was last seen 10 days ago in the South Chicago neighborhood. Kierra Coles, 27, was last seen near the intersection of 82nd Street and Coles Avenue on Oct. 2, according to a missing person alert from Chicago police.
Coles was last seen wearing her U.S. Postal Service uniform, according to video captured by a neighbor’s surveillance camera. But instead of getting into her car, she walks past and out of frame, leaving her purse and cell phone inside, according to police.
Despite being dressed for work in the video, a U.S. Post Office spokesperson told WGN she called in sick that morning. Relatives said she was three months pregnant and eager to become a first-time mom. Her mother, Karen Phillips, told WMAQ-TV station she normally talks to Coles on a daily basis. She said she was trying not to fear the worst but it was very uncharacteristic of her daughter to suddenly cut off contact.
“It’s just sickening to wake up and not hear nothing,” Phillips said.
Her mother’s boyfriend told WGN-TV the video suggests that Coles appeared concerned about something that caused her to abandon her car.
“She seen something that made her turn around that fast and cross the street,” Dan Perkins said, “and her car was on the other side of the street.”
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Her father, Joseph Coles, traveled from Wisconsin to gather with family and friends outside his daughter’s home near the intersection of 81st Street and Vernon Avenue, WLS-TV reported, where she had recently moved into a new apartment.
“If anybody knows anything, please call in, let us know,” he said. “We love her. We miss her.”
Coles was described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 125 pounds. She has tattoos of a heart on her right hand and the phrase “Lucky Libra” on her back.
Anyone with any information about her disappearance should contact the Chicago Police Department’s Special Victim Unit at 312-747-8274 or call 911.