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Episode 56

MISSING: Vanessa Guillen and Kierra Coles

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This week Paul and Billy look into two separate missing persons cases. The first is a soldier who went missing while on post. The second is a mail carrier last seen on camera leaving her home. Neither case is related. Each in a different part of the country and separated by over a year. 
Vanessa Guillen:
20-year-old Private First Class Vanessa Guillen wanted to join the US Army when she graduated high school. But when she arrived at Fort Hood, Texas, the excitement she once felt changed.

In the weeks before her disappearance she told her mother she was being harassed by a sergeant on base. Not only had the superior made inappropriate comments, he would also follow and watch her run and exercise. Her mother encouraged her to report the person. Vanessa had told her mother she would do so. But she never got the chance.

Vanessa went to work on April 22nd, 2020. The last known contact with her was around 11:30 AM. But she was seen in the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters where she worked between noon and 1 PM. Inside her office her car keys, barrack keys, wallet and identification were left behind. No one has seen or heard from Vanessa since then. And authorities believe foul play is involved. 

Her family began searching immediately. When the community and nation began to look also, an anonymous tip sent law enforcement to a field not far from Ft. Hood. Remains were located on June 19th near the 3200 block of Florence Road in Killeen, Texas. But the remains were identified to a different missing solider, Gregory Wedel-Morales.

Wedel-Morales was set to be discharged toward the end of August 2019 from the Army. On August 19th, he drove his 2018 Black Kia Rio off the base of Fort Hood. He called his mother and asked for gas money. His car was recovered in December of 2019 in Dallas. But until June 19th, there as no sign of Gregory. A cause of death hasn't been determined yet, but authorities have said they suspect foul play.
 

Kierra Coles:
26-year-old Kierra Coles began working as a mail carrier in April 2017. On October 1st, 2018, Kierra called her mom. Her mother told local news the call didn’t alert her to any trouble. They discussed what the best kind of milk was. It was their last conversation.

The next day, even though Kierra had called and asked for leave from work, she left her home dressed in her uniform. A neighbor’s surveillance camera picked up her image. She had a bag on her arm, and can be seen walking towards her car from her apartment at 81st Street and Vernon Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood of the South Side of Chicago. The video showed her passing her car and continuing to walk down the street.

After a few days of not being able to reach her, her mother called the police. When the police arrived at her home, there was no sign of Kierra. Her car was still parked on the street. Inside the car were Kierra’s phone, purse, prenatal vitamins and her packed lunch.

Police immediately suspected foul play. And while Chicago Police have said they think they know what happened to Kierra, no arrests have been made. Kierra has not been seen or heard from since the surveillance camera images. 

ASSIGNMENT:
We are looking for any information on Vanessa Guillen, Kierra Coles and Gregory Wedel-Morales. 

When Vanessa disappeared she was wearing a black shirt, light purple leggings, and black Nike tennis shoes. Vanessa is 5 feet 2 inches, 126 pounds, of Hispanic descent with black hair and brown eyes. She has three tattoos. One of a cross with a flower on her left arm; another flower on her left arm and mountain with a circle on her upper left arm. She has a small mole between her bottom lip and chin.

Kierra Coles was in her mail carrier uniform when she disappeared. Kierra is a black woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 foot 4 inches and weighed about 125 pounds when last seen. She was 3 months pregnant at the time of her disappearance with a due date in April of 2019--so her weight may have changed greatly over the last year and half. She has two tattoos: a heart on her right hand and one that says “Lucky Libra” on her back.

If you have any information no matter how small, please contact us.   

CODE OF CONDUCT: 

1. Do not name names publicly. Send everything to the police or to this page and we will forward to the police. 
2. Do not post side by side photos.
3. Do not contact any family members. 
4. Do not doxx each other and be civil. We all want the same thing. 

As tips come in, Jensen and Holes will work to verify them. If they look good, we will publish them here to try and get us closer to their names.

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