Chicago, Ill – On Tuesday, Chicago police released a video showing the final moments before the disappearance of 26-year-old pregnant, postal worker, Kierra Coles.
Officials say the video was recorded at approximately 10:43 p.m. the night Coles disappeared. In it, she can be seen making two cash withdrawals from an ATM inside a Walgreens store in Chatham, Illinois. Coles exits the building three minutes later. These are the last recorded images of Coles before she went missing on Oct. 2, 2018.
Two days later, on October 4, 2018, Coles’ family filed a missing persons report. The Chicago Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service began a joint investigation.
After canvassing the video and analyzing hours of footage, detectives were able to piece together a timeline of the last few hours before Coles disappeared.
According to investigators, during the course of that night, Coles entered her residence in the 8100 block of South Vernon. Later, a man who detectives identified as a person of interest, also arrived and entered the residence. Coles and the man later got into her car and drove off with Coles in the driver’s seat.
Coles was seen making the ATM withdrawals on surveillance video just minutes later. Less than an hour later, Coles’ car is seen arriving and parking in another area of the city. The person of interest exits the passenger side of the vehicle but nobody exits the driver side.
The next day, the person of interest is seen parking Coles’ car near her residence before entering the building and exiting with unknown items. He then drives away in his personal vehicle that was parked on the block overnight.
Police have not publicly released the identity of the person of interest, however they say he gave varying accounts of the last time he saw her when they questioned him.
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.”
“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.