‘I want the world to know I’m hurt’: Father of missing pregnant postal worker speaks out

CHICAGO — The father and family members of a missing 27-year-old pregnant postal worker from Chicago spoke at a news conference Monday morning.

Kierra Coles’ father, Joseph Coles, and family members spoke at 11 a.m. outside the Richard J. Daley Center.

He urged the public to come forward with any information to find his daughter. He said he will continue the search until she is brought safely home.

“I want the world to know I’m hurt,” Joseph Coles said. “I just want my baby to come home, along with my grandbaby that I never got to meet.”

Norma Peterson, the sister of former Illinois police sergeant who was convicted in 2012 for the murder of his wife, Drew Peterson, will also attend the news conference.

She created the “Document the Abuse” organization after the disappearance of Drew’s wife Stacy Peterson. The organization helps empower victims of domestic violence.

“It always victims to document their abuse,” Peterson said. “It validates their histories. It lets people know what was going on with them.”

Coles went missing in October 2018. Surveillance video showed that she was last seen near 82nd Street and Coles Avenue, leaving her apartment dressed in her uniform, despite calling in sick to work, and walking past her car.

She is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 125 pounds and has a tattoo of a heart on her right hand and a tattoo that reads “Lucky Libra” on her back.

Her due date was April 23, but the fate of her and her child are unknown.

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