Erin Pospisil (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)
Erin Kay Pospisil
Case Type: Endangered / Missing
Age at Report: 15 YOA
DOB: April 14, 1986
Weight: 130 lbs.
Height: 5′ 03″
Missing From: Cedar Rapids, IA Linn County NCMEC #: NCMC-919997
Missing Since: June 3, 2001
Erin Pospisil was reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department on June 3, 2001.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 1, 2009
The [then] 15-year-old was last seen in front of a friend’s home in the 1500 block of Second Avenue SE on late Sunday, June 3, 2001, getting into an early ’90s model black Chevrolet Cavalier with tinted rear windows. Friends said they didn’t recognize the car, but that Erin seemed to know the people inside and went with them willingly.
According to “Curtis” — a friend of Erin’s older brother — he was leaving the Pospisil home at the same time as Erin and agreed to give her a ride to her friend Brit’s home, where Erin and Brit planned to watch movies or go to the movie theater.
When they arrived at Brit’s house at 8:45 p.m., no one answered the door. As Erin walked back to Curtis’s truck, a black Chevrolet Cavalier with tinted rear windows pulled up to the curb. Erin went up to the car and had a short conversation with someone in the vehicle. She then told Curtis, “These guys will give me a ride,” and got into the Cavalier’s back seat.
No one has seen nor heard from her since.
Erin Pospisil age-progressed to how she might look at age 23. (Courtesy Iowa Dept. of Public Safety)
Erin — a freshman at Metro High School — lived with her father and stepmother, Jim and Carolyn Pospisil, and three siblings when she disappeared. The family distributed fliers and posted billboards with Erin’s photo and description, to no effect beyond a few tips that proved unfounded.
Erin has a small scar above one eye and had red highlights in her hair at the time she disappeared. She was last seen wearing a light-colored tank top and beige overall shorts.
In a KCRG TV-9 story that aired May 7, 2013, Erin’s grandparents, Joan and Doug Minney of Cedar Rapids, said they continue to hold out hope for Erin’s return. The family created the website HelpFindAChild.org and updates it regularly with hopes Erin will one day come home.
The recent discovery of three missing women in Cleveland gave the Minneys a glimmer of hope.
“Our daughter called us and said ‘you are not going to believe this,'” Doug Minney told KCRG. “We got on the internet right away.”
Linn County in Iowa
Cedar Rapids in Linn County
Joan Minney empathized with the three women’s families.
“Just knowing what those families had to be feeling, that they never gave up hope and now they have their children back … that’s what we pray every day,” she said.
Tuesday morning, May 7, Doug Minney passed out more than a hundred small missing persons cards.
“People think it will get easier; I think it gets harder,” Joan Minney told KCRG. “I know someday I’ll know where she is and all that happened, but I just want it to be today.”
On Saturday, May 25, 2013 — National Missing Children’s Day — Erin Pospisil’s family and friends gathered in Jones Park for a balloon launch to remember Erin. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the event — the 10th since Erin disappeared — went forward as planned, though those in attendance took the balloons home to release at a later date.
Jim and Carolyn Pospisil told KWWL the gathering also honored other missing children, all of whom they hoped would one day safely return home.