Families Share Stories Of Missing Loved Ones At Public Forum

Steve Miller
April 19, 2019 - 5:09 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A forum on the near Southwest Side this afternoon was a chance for families to share their stories of missing loved ones and a  declaration to the public that they haven't given up hope.

Shelia Bradley Smith, the great aunt of the missing Bradley sisters, showed a photo of Tionda at 10 years old. She is in her Easter dress and is smiling at the camera.

She said it is one of the last photos of Tionda.

Shelia Bradley Smith

"She was at my sister's house, dancing," Smith said.

The Bradley girls have been missing since 2001.

Smith said she and other family members were following the case in Cincinnati, of the person who claimed he was Timmothy Pitzen, missing from Aurora since 2011.

"It takes your emotions up like an elevator to the top floor," Smith said. "And then it just plunges you back down."

Shelia Bradley Smith remembered her missing family members with photos and stories. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Since October, Joseph Coles has been hoping for some word about his daughter Kierra, a 26-year-old postal worker last seen on Chicago's South Side.

He believes she is still alive — and being held against her will.

"I try to keep a positive light on the situation and I will continue to keep a positive light until somebody shows me something different, which is my daughter," Coles said.

Joseph Coles still has hope he will see his daughter again. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

Also at the forum: Norma Peterson, the sister-in-law of missing Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson. Norma Peterson is married to Drew Peterson's brother.

She is promoting an "evidentiary abuse affidavit," which is a way for abused women to document their abuse — information that can be used later if that woman ends up missing or dead.

"We really don't communicate very much," she said of Drew Peterson.