The family and friends of Kierra Coles, a pregnant Chicago postwoman who disappeared in the fall of 2018, gathered on Saturday to celebrate her birthday, but also vowed not to lose hope and to continue to search for her.
Karen Phillips, Coles’ mother, was surrounded by love and a number of supporters as she cut her daughter’s 30th birthday cake. Coles was three months pregnant when she disappeared on October 18, 2018.
Since then, relatives have been asking investigators to be more aggressive in their search.
“As a heartbroken mother, I just wish someone would say something, you know, just say something,” Phillips said. “It’s been four years, so how many more years will it take to say anything.”
Phillips just hopes her daughter is found safe and says words can’t even begin to describe what she and her family had to endure in the years since Coles disappeared.
“It’s hard for me to stand up here to, you know, describe my feelings or say what my family and I go through without my daughter every year,” she said. “I pray I don’t have to do this again, but here I do it again.”
Phillips said investigators interviewed someone interested in her daughter’s disappearance, but said they didn’t have enough evidence to press charges.