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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Incidents of missing minors, not counting runaways, generate a barrage of media attention locally and nationally. While that can help locate a child, it can also create a lot of fear ... make it seem as though this is common.
Elizabeth and Lyric are the eleventh and twelfth unsolved Iowa cases on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Database.
These are the other ten:
-The oldest open missing child case in Iowa dates back to 1975 Colleen Simpson disappeared from her Bedford home overnight when she was 14, today she would be 51.
-Kimberly Doss is on the Iowa database, but she was actually living in Houston, Texas. She was last seen at a Greyhound bus station in Davenport in 1982.
-The most famous Iowa case, Johnny Gosch, who vanished while on his paper route in Des Moines in 1982.
-A couple years later, a similar situation when Eugene Martin's newspaper bag was found outside Des Moines, but he was never seen again.
-In 1986 Marc Allen was walking to a friend's house in Des Moines but never arrived, he was 13.
-Erin Pospisil was 15 when she got into a car in downtown Cedar Rapids on June 3, 2001 and no one has seen or heard from her since.
-Authorities believe Kyanja Vanwey ran away from Des Moines in 2005, she would be 21 today.
-Benjamin Roseland was 19 when he was last seen leaving a friend's house to go to the grocery store in Clinton in 2008. He's considered missing, but not endangered or abducted.
-Katelyn Coulter is 15 and authorities believe she ran away from Muscatine in May.
-Odalis Navarro-Aguilar is 14 and may be headed to New York after running away from Sioux City June 23rd.
In 2011, there were 4,593 reports of missing children in Iowa. According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, 99.2% of those were runaways.