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Published January 18, 2012, 02:39 PM

Family: Minnesota couple not among ID'd cruise victims

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The children of a Minnesota couple missing since last week's cruise ship disaster in Italy say their parents are not among those passengers whose bodies were recently recovered.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The children of a Minnesota couple missing since last week's cruise ship disaster in Italy say their parents are not among those passengers whose bodies were recently recovered.

The Heil family posted the information on their blog Wednesday.

Barbara and Jerry Heil (hyl), of White Bear Lake, Minn., were on the Costa Concordia when it struck a reef Friday near Tuscany. They still are missing.

Family members say they are praying that search and rescue operations will be able to continue soon. Italian rescue workers suspended operations early Wednesday after the cruise ship shifted on the rocks.

Friends and supporters are expected to gather at a candlelight vigil at the Heils' church Wednesday to pray. The vigil at the Church of St. Pius X starts at 7 p.m.

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