Today we received confirmation that our parents, Gerald and Barbara Heil, have been positively identified as two of the five missing passengers recovered from the Costa Concordia several weeks ago. We will now be able to move forward and bring them home to rest. The rescue and recovery crew on the island of Giglio have been relentless in their mission to find the missing and have given us hope through this whole process. We cannot thank them enough for continuing to risk their lives in an effort to find our parents. Our hearts go out to the two families that are still missing loved ones. We will continue to hope and pray for closure for those families. We will not stop praying and following the news until they have found their loved ones as well. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
We have so many people to thank. We want to thank everyone in Italy who helped us find our parents and treated us with hospitality. Thanks to our friends, colleagues, neighbors, family and loved ones who were always there for us. Thanks to all those who we have never met who sent us words of encouragement and prayer.
We would like to thank the media for respecting our privacy. This blog entry will be our last post and form of communication with the media. We are very grateful for the wonderful articles and stories you did on our parents. They were very special people and you shared this in a respectful manner. We know our parents are together and are happy. We look forward to the day when we can all be together again.
The Heil Family