Wednesday will mark eight years since a Cedar Rapids girl vanished and her family refuses to give up she’ll be found. Erin Pospisil disappeared on June 3rd of 2001 when she left home to watch movies at a friend’s house. She was 15. Her father, Jim Pospisil, says he’ll continue searching for his daughter.
He says, "There’s always hope, I mean, they’ve found people up to 20 years later, maybe even more." Every year, family members inflate dozens of balloons and release them in Cedar Rapids to mark the date of the girl’s disappearance and to help in the search. The family now lives in Nebraska. Erin’s step-mother, Carolyn Pospisil, says she keeps her Cedar Rapids cell phone number as Erin had it memorized.
She says, "You think every year, this will get easier. Every year, Christmas will get easier or birthdays will get easier or this day will get easier — and they don’t." The Pospisils attach an information card with a photo of Erin to every balloon, hoping someone will recognize her. In the past, the balloons have landed in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio.
Carolyn Pospisil says, "We don’t know where (the balloons) are going, but we don’t know where she went either." For more information, visit: www.helpfindachild.com .