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Cleveland Rescue Brings Hope to Family of Missing Iowa Girl

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It’s been 11 years, 11 months, and 4 days since Erin Pospisil went missing.

"You're always waiting, you want closure, and we just haven't gotten it," Erin's Grandfather, Doug Minney said.

On that fateful summer day, June 3, 2001, Erin got in a car, never to return.

"She leaned down, talked to them for a second, and said these people will give me a ride home," Minney said.

Years later, they're still waiting for her to pull up in the driveway. In the meantime, the situation in Cleveland, where 3 girls that had been missing for a decade were found, has reinvigorated the family.

“It brought back hope to us, it raised our level of hope again,” Minney said.

Meanwhile, symbols of hope, after almost a year, still hug the poles and trees in Evansdale.

“We were going to rescue these girls and get them back home,” Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock said, recalling the search for Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook last year.

Hope is what kept the town going when the 2 girls went missing.

“Sadly situations like this often end up in tragedy,” Chief Smock said.

The bodies of the girls were found later that year.  However, he says the situation in Ohio shows you can never give up.

“There's always hope, and until we know something different we should never give up hope,” Chief Smock said.

That starts with keeping the public aware and interested in these cases.

“The more we can keep it in the forefront, the more we can keep people informed of it, keep the media involved…that's the best thing we can do,” Chief Smock said.

Until every missing person, comes home.

“Where there's life, there's hope. Things do happen whether it’s today, tomorrow or ten days from now,” Chief Smock said.

Minney says that hope burns bright.

“Have hope that's she's still out there...and she will be found.”

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Erin Pospisil, call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. For more info, visit http://helpfindachild.com/
 
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