Group Searches Woods For Missing Postal Worker Kierra Coles

Rob Hart
November 30, 2018 - 3:33 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of community activists and postal workers on Friday swept through a forest preserve in the south suburbs, in search of a woman from Chicago who has been missing for nearly two months.

Twenty-seven-year old Kierra Coles was last seen near her apartment at 81st and Vernon in the Chatham neighborhood on Oct. 2.

The postal worker was three months pregnant.

Community Activist Andrew Holmes, who led the search through the Whistler Woods Forest Preserve in Riverdale, said he's been in contact with Coles' mother.

"It took you nine months to bring this child here, and not hearing from her for this long -- sleepless nights.  That's all I can tell you," Holmes said.

Holmes said everyone holds out hope Coles is still alive.

"We don't want to search this forest preserve and then find a deceased body. But at the same time, if we do, then at least the family will be contacted," Holmes said.

Today's search didn't appear to reveal anything new. The search lasted several hours. 

Holmes said they would return to cover any ground that they missed.

Reward money has been offered to help find Coles.