CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Hearing about the discovery of three missing women in Cleveland renewed hope for families across the nation who are waiting for their loved ones to return home.
One family in Cedar Rapids keeps holding out hope for the return of Erin Pospisil, who was last seen back in June 2001. Her family created the website called HelpFindAChild.org, they keep updating this site hoping one day she'll come home.
Just ask Joan and Doug Minney about their granddaughter, Erin.
"She's very social. Her friends were very important to her. She had an easy smile," said grandmother Joan Minney. A smile, forever etched in their minds. The last smile they saw on Erin Pospisil back in June 2001.
"She leaned over and then said to her brother's friend, these people will give me a ride home. That was of course 2001. And they haven't given her the ride home yet," said grandfather Doug Minney.
But instead, those responsible sent her family on an agonizing path full of pain. "You can only do it a day at a time, sometimes hours at a time, sometimes minutes," said Joan Minney.
But then, a glimmer of hope. "Our daughter called us and said you are not going to believe this. We got on the internet right away," said Doug Minnies.
It was a call about the story of the missing women found in Cleveland; a story the Minney's can truly feel. "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," said Joan Minney.
Tuesday morning, Doug Minney passed out more than a hundred small missing persons cards. As the memory of Erin remains strong, the pain continues to grow.
"People think it will get easier, I think it gets harder. I know someday I'll know where she is and all that happened, but I just want it to be today," said Joan Minney.
Erin is just one of many missing people from Iowa. You can find a list on the Iowa Department of Public Safety's website.
Saturday, May 25th is National Missing Children's Day. Erin Pospisil's family will gather at 9:30am to hold a balloon launch on that date in Jones Park. The public is invited to attend.