(AP/Meredith) - More than five months after a pregnant postal worker vanished from Chicago, her family is pleading for her safe return.
Kierra Coles, 27, was last seen on Oct. 2. She is supposed to give birth next month, according to her mother, Karen Phillips.
"Every day when I wake up, I just want to just scream, cry, holler," Phillips told WLS-TV. "I just want her home."
"Next month is the month she's supposed to have her baby," she continued, "so it's even harder now because I don't know if she's safe or what's going on with her."
Surveillance video from Chatham on the city’s South Side where Coles lives, reportedly shows her walking past her car in her U.S. Postal Service uniform, even though she had called in sick that day.
Coles’ mother called police to report her missing two days later. She said she became concerned that her daughter hadn’t called her and that her calls to her daughter’s number went straight to voicemail.
Police went to Coles’ home to conduct a well-being check and didn’t find her but saw that her car was parked out front.
“She wouldn’t go this long without talking to me,” Phillps told WLS TV.
The mom said when they did talk on Oct. 2, her daughter told her how happy and emotional she was to hear her baby’s heart beating. “We talk every day. She wouldn’t have me worrying like this.”
Police say they suspect foul play in Coles' disappearance.
“Based on the length of time of Kierra Coles disappearance and the fact that she has fallen off the grid, police suspect possible foul play,” the Chicago Police Department said in an email to The Associated Press. “We continue to get leads and are following up diligently on those leads.”
The U.S. Postal Service had offered a $25,000 reward for information on Coles’ whereabouts and is assisting in the investigation into her disappearance.