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Girl missing from Cedar Rapids turns 25


A family, formerly from Cedar Rapids, is celebrating their daughter's 25th birthday this week, even though they haven't seen her in ten years.

June 3 will mark a decade since then 15-year-old Erin Pospisil was last seen in front of her friend's home in the 1500 block of 2nd avenue SE.

Erin's parents say birthdays are bittersweet because they still want to celebrate their daughter. Not only is Erin still missing, her family is no closer to knowing what really happened than they were on that Sunday night ten years ago.

"Every time it (Erin's birthday) comes around you think about it.   It's getting close to ten years but you don't forget it." said Jim Pospisil.

"Someone in Cedar Rapids knows something and knows what happened to Erin. They're the missing piece whether they know it or not. We just need someone to come forward and say, I didn't think much about it then, but I do now, and maybe this will help." said Erin's step-mother, Carolyn Pospisil.

But with that hope comes frustration. Law enforcement classifies Erin as a runaway.

"I know she didn't run away. If nothing else, ten years has proven that she didn't. When she left that night she didn't take anything with her, she didn't take her diary, she didn't take her purse. This date book she had, she everything in there, and she had things planned for three days later." said Carolyn Pospisil.

The Pospisils will host a booth at the city's first farmers market on June 4 in Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids.

"We'll give out information to keep your own kids safe, so that no one else hopefully has to do what we're doing." said Carolyn Pospisil.

Even after a decade without answers, the family continues to to fight for justice.

"Oh yah. Yah. You just keep trying. It's the best way to honor Erin's birthday."

Carolyn Pospisil has created a website geared to helping parents find missing children:

Help Find A Child

Other resources:

Iowa's Missing Persons

National Center For Missing & Exploited Children

Hear more from the Pospisil family tonight on the KWWL News at 6 and on



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