Minnesota couple missing in Italian ship disaster

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two Americans missing in the Italian cruise ship disaster are a couple from Minnesota.

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Family members issued a statement Monday confirming that Barbara and Jerry Heil of White Bear Lake, a suburb of St. Paul, are the two Americans missing.

The statement says the family is working closely with the U.S. Embassy in Italy and that they are confident “everything is being done to find our parents.”

A family spokesman gave the statement to The Associated Press outside the home of Aaron Heil, a son of the couple, in Albertville, a Minneapolis suburb.

Sarah Heil, a daughter of the couple, told WBBM radio in Chicago that her retired parents were on a 16-day trip.