The Due Dates For These Pregnant Women Of Color From Chicago’s Southside Have Passed
When white women go missing, it makes national news for weeks. When black or brown women go missing, it’s a different story. National media hardly takes notice when crimes against minority low-income women, unless it reveals a pattern. Such is the case in Chicago where a disturbing trend has become very apparent, and there’s no way of turning a blind eye now.
There are three women in Chicago’s Southside that have gone missing within months of each other. Two of them were pregnant at the time.
According to news reports, two of the women were pregnant when they went missing, and have now passed their due date. The other woman is the mom of an 11-year-old son.
The first woman to go missing was 27-year-old Kierra Coles.
Police say she went missing on Oct. 2, 2018. Coles was also three months pregnant at that time, which means her due has come and gone, and there’s still no news of her whereabouts.
“Please do not give up, because I’m not,” Kierra’s father, Joseph Coles on May 5, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Officials are offering a reward of $46,500 for information that leads to her recovery.
Coles worked in the U.S. Post Office, and they have contributed to the reward fund.
If you have information, police ask to call 312-747-8274.
On April 23, 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Uriostegui went missing. She was 9-months pregnant at the time.
The scary aspect to the case with Ochoa-Uriostegui is that she went missing on the same day that was supposed to be Coles due date. That coincidence is way too strong, and it has to be considered by police.
According to a CBS report, Yovani Lopez — her husband — Ochoa-Uriostegui was seen leaving her school and was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son, but she never arrived.
For information on her whereabouts, people should call Chicago police special victims unit at 312-747-8274.
The latest missing case is that of 43-year-old Chaunti Bryla who went missing on March 7.
While Bryla’s story doesn’t exactly fit the profiles of the other two women, she also went missing under bizarre circumstances. The mother of an 11-year-old son had just returned from the grocery store, but for some reason never put the groceries away. Her aunt said, according to WGN-TV, that she ran off and didn’t explain why. Even more strange is the fact that someone took out money out of her bank account from numerous locations.
Again, people are urged to call 911 or 312-747-8274 for any information about Bryla.