New video shows 'person of interest' in 2018 disappearance of pregnant postal worker Kierra Coles

Kierra Coles was last seen on Oct. 2, 2018. She was about three months pregnant.

ByEmily Shapiro ABCNews logo
Friday, June 17, 2022
Kierra Coles' mother speaks after new video released
New surveillance video released showing the moments before Kierra Coles disappeared has been released by Chicago police.

CHICAGO -- Chicago authorities have released new information in the unsolved disappearance of postal worker Kierra Coles, including footage of a "person of interest" in Coles' car, who police say gave "varying accounts of the last time he saw her."

Coles vanished without a trace on Oct. 2, 2018. The 26-year-old was about three months pregnant and was eager to meet her first child, according to her mother, Karen Phillips.

Kierra Coles in an undated photo. (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System)

Her case remains a "high-risk missing person investigation with potential foul play suspected," Chicago police told ABC News on Thursday.

A video produced by police and published by the department on Tuesday sheds new light on the mystery.

The video revealed surveillance footage of Coles entering her home on Oct. 2, 2018.

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"A man, who detectives identified as a person of interest, also arrived and entered the residence," Lt. William Svilar said in the video. "Kierra and the man later got into her car and drove off -- with Kierra in the driver's seat."

At about 10:43 p.m. that night, Coles was spotted on surveillance video making ATM withdrawals -- the last known images of her, according to Svilar.

"Less than an hour later, [Coles'] vehicle was seen arriving and parking in another area of the city," Svilar said. "The person of interest exits the passenger side of the vehicle, but nobody exits the driver's side."

The next day, on Oct. 3, "The person of interest is seen parking Kierra's vehicle near her residence before entering the building and exiting with unknown items," Svilar said.

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The person of interest "then drives away in his personal vehicle that was parked on the block overnight," Svilar said.

Svilar said in the video, "When officers questioned the person of interest after Kierra was reported missing, he gave varying accounts of the last time he saw her."

Police won't identify their person of interest. But Phillips told ABC News that Coles' boyfriend lied to her about when he last texted the 26-year-old. The boyfriend could not be reached by ABC News for comment.

Phillips said she always knew the ATM and car surveillance footage existed, but hadn't seen it until now.

"Just seeing her walking, in person, was heartbreaking," Phillips said Thursday.

Police said this video showing newly made public footage from Coles' case is part of a "series launched last month to tell the stories of homicide victims in hopes of solving their cases." The department said "each episode focuses on a different case, with the goal of generating tips that could possibly lead to a break in the case, and in turn, an arrest."

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said it's also still investigating Coles' disappearance.

"We continue to urge the public to contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's hotline at (877) 876-2455, if they have any information related to her disappearance," a spokesperson said.

Reward poster provided by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service requesting information leading to the location of postal worker Kierra Coles, who has been missing since Oct 2, 2018. (U.S. Postal Inspection Service)

For Phillips, the daily pain of not knowing what happened to her daughter is unbearable.

"Not even my worst enemy would I wish this type of pain on," she said.

Phillips urges anyone with information to come forward.

"I just hope somebody just has a heart and calls in, or gives a tip. Anything they may know, even if they don't think it's important enough -- any small thing could lead to breaking this whole case," she said.

Phillips vowed, "I'm not gonna let up until my daughter is found."