CHICAGO (SCS) — There was a solemn celebration in Pilsen on Saturday as friends, family and neighbors gathered to celebrate the birthday of Kierra Coles, who disappeared nearly four years ago and has not been seen since .
By most conventions, it was a standard birthday party. There were balloons, cake, dancing, friends and family.
But the guest of honor was missing.
“I always want to do something to let people know that I won’t stop fighting for my daughter for justice or for her to come home. I won’t stop fighting,” Karen said. Phillips.
On her daughter’s 30th birthday, Phillips wants no other gift than to see her daughter home safely.
That’s four cakes, four happy birthdays, and no one to blow out the candles.
“I’ll cry and then I’ll be like, ‘No, I won’t do that because that’s not what she would want me to do,'” Phillips said.
Coles disappeared on October 2, 2018. At the time, the postwoman was three months pregnant.
“I couldn’t wait. I couldn’t wait for her to experience the love between a mother and a child,” Phillips said.
In June, Chicago police shared the evidence they were able to gather so far: videos showing what appears to be Coles in a store and then getting into a car. These are the last videos of her before her disappearance.
Since the broadcast of the video, there has been no movement.
“No, he’s working on something or he has something. Nothing,” Phillips said.
Coles’ family and friends celebrate her life, but they’d really rather celebrate with her.
“I don’t know where she is. Is she safe? Is she still alive? You know? So many things are going through my mind,” Phillips explained.
Coles’ child would have turned 3 at Saturday’s birthday party.
Coles’ mother said she has no intention of stopping her fight to bring her daughter and possibly grandchild home. She hopes someone will come forward with any new information that might help Coles’ cold case.