The newly released video captured the last known movements of a pregnant postal worker who disappeared in 2018, when investigators said the “person of interest” in the case gave conflicting accounts of when he last saw her alive.
Kierra Coles disappeared without a trace from her home in South Vernon, Chicago on October 2, 2018 and has not been heard from since.
The 26-year-old postal worker was three months pregnant and her mother said she was “very excited” to welcome her first child.
More than three years after her disappearance, Chicago police released new surveillance footage of the missing woman as a plea to police for help in solving the cold case.
The footage, taken on October 2, 2018, shows Coles walking down the path of his South Vernon home, carrying bags of groceries.
Chicago Police Lieutenant William Svilar said a man, who was identified as a person of interest in the case, also arrived and entered his home.
Some time later, Mrs. Coles and the man left their house and got into their car, leaving with the mailman in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
At around 10:43 pm that night, Mrs. Coles was seen on surveillance footage at an ATM inside a store.
Lieutenant Svilar said the 26-year-old made two ATM withdrawals before leaving a few minutes later.
This is the last known sighting of Ms. Coles.
Investigators said their vehicle was seen arriving and parking in another area of the city less than an hour later.
The person of interest was seen getting out of the passenger side of the vehicle, but no one got out of the driver’s side.
The next day – October 3 – surveillance footage captured the person of interest parking Ms. Coles near her house.
Lieutenant Svilar said the man was seen “entering the building and leaving with unknown items” before “driving in his personal vehicle that was parked on the block overnight”.
A day later – on October 4 – a missing person report was filed by Ms. Coles after they were unable to contact her.
Body camera footage shows police officers entering the postal worker’s home and finding no sign of her whereabouts.
Lieutenant Svilar said officers questioned the person of interest after Coles was reported missing and “he gave multiple accounts of the last time he saw her.”
Her disappearance remains a mystery three years and eight months later, and police said the case remains a “high-risk investigation of missing persons suspected of potential crime.”
Police have not released the identity of the person interested in the case.
However, Coles’ mother Karen Phillips told ABC that the 26-year-old’s boyfriend lied to her about the latest text message.
Phillips said he last spoke to his daughter the day he disappeared, when they talked about what she should buy at the store for the baby.
“She was asking me what I should buy – what kind of milk,” she said.
“She was so excited to be pregnant.”
Mrs. Phillips urged anyone with information about her daughter’s disappearance to come forward saying “I’m begging you as a mother.”
Chicago Police are asking anyone with information to submit a tip at http://CPDTip.com