Erin Pospisil

Erin Pospisil (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Erin Kay Pospisil

Missing Person

Case Type: Endangered / Missing
Age at Report: 15 YOA
DOB: April 14, 1986
Sex: Female
Race: White
Weight: 130 lbs.
Height: 5′ 03″
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Missing From: Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
Jurisdiction: Local
Agency: Cedar Rapids Police Department
Case Number: 2001-11725
NCMEC # 919997
NamUs MP # 2959
Missing Since: June 3, 2001

Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing
Erin Pospisil age-progressed to age 29

Erin Pospisil age-progressed to age 29

Erin Pospisil was reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department on June 3, 2001.

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.

Gazette article

The Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 1, 2009

No one has seen nor heard from her since.

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 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.”

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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.

Dental information / charting is available and entered.

A DNA sample has been submitted and tests are complete.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning Erin Pospisil’s whereabouts please contact Det. DeVore at the Cedar Rapids Police Department at 319-286-5350.

From KCRG TV-9, May 7, 2013: Family Continues Search for Missing Cedar Rapids Woman


From the Des Moines Register, August 18, 2013: 12 years later family of Erin Pospisil continues to hope

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19 Responses to Erin Pospisil

  1. liberty says:

    Was this young lady acquanted at all with members of the Cedar Rapids Beets clan?

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Excellent question, Liberty. Even what we’ve got listed on Naomi Wilson’s page doesn’t begin to put a dent in the atrocities (sexual assault, rape, attempted rape, arson, squatting, check fraud, just to name a few charges) the Beets brothers and some of their family members committed while hiding in plain sight behind the cloth and pulpit.

      Erin’s disappearance occurred in the same city and within the same time frame as when the Rev. Wendell A. Beets was sexually molesting (and had been, for years) one of his teen parishioners. (I didn’t use the word “allegedly” because Associate Linn County District Judge Michael Newmeister indeed found Wendell Beets guilty as charged…and we’re talking “decades” worth of crimes when it comes to the Beets family.)

      With three of the Beets brothers playing “musical chairs” and constantly relocating churches to new addresses (even swapping churches, in some instances), does anyone know if Erin ever attended any services conducted by one or more of the “Rev.” Beets brothers?

  2. I will pray that she is found. God bless.

  3. Might be worth checking into

  4. Beth Clymer says:

    I remember this story, she’s my son’s age…

  5. I pray her family gets answers someday soon!

  6. I remember this…. sad it’s ben 14 years already. Hoping her loved ones get answers soon

  7. liberty says:

    Do you know of anyone who has access to Westlaw’s asset locator who could run a search for all of the Beets’ clan’s assets and see if any of them owned a black chevy cavalier at the time? I no longer have access to Westlaw.

  8. Nichole says:

    Was “Curtis” not a suspect?

  9. I pray for someone to come forward. Prayers sent to the family and friends.

  10. I remember this like it was yesterday……..

  11. This kinda looks like a younger version of my sister in law amy Chris Sisson

  12. Tami says:

    This may seem like a long shot but I thought that this Jane Doe looked similar to her.

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