Community Wants Police To Do More To Solve Cases Of Murdered, Missing Black Women

Craig Dellimore
August 20, 2019 - 7:33 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With dozens of black women on the South and West sides coming up dead or missing, many in the city's black community question whether a serial killer is at work and want local law enforcement agencies to do more to solve and end these crimes, explained Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, founder of Tikkun Chai Inter-National. 

"We see a pattern of murders where women are found in garbage cans, we find them being strangled and we find them where body parts are mising," explained Ben Yosef during a press conference at City Hall.  

A Chicago Police spokesman said there is task force comprised of federal and local investigators that is looking into the cases of 51 murdered women, most of whom died by strangulation. But since DNA evidence doesn't link the cases together, a serial killer is unlikely. 

The family of Kierra Coles, a U.S. Postal Service worker who went missing 10 months ago, is still holding out hope that she'll be found. 

The pregnant 26-year-old was last seen on Oct. 2 in the Chatham community.  Her father, Joseph Coles, was with Ben Yosef during the press conference and said he just wants police to find his daughter.  He suggested they search the many abandoned buildings in the neighborhood.

"You'll be surprised of the things you'll find in there," Joseph Coles said. 

Police said Coles' case isn't like the others and they're working leads that haven't turned up any arrests so far.