Cruise Ship Couple Identified and Will Be Brought Home 18 Apr 12

The family of a Minnesota couple who died when a cruise ship capsized in January are thanking the Italian rescue and recovery crew that found them.

Italian authorities announced Tuesday that the remains of Gerald and Barbara Heil, of White Bear Lake, have been identified as two of the five bodies recovered from the Costa Concordia several weeks ago.

In a statement, The Heil family says they can now move forward and bring their parents home to rest and their hearts and prayers go out to the two families that are still missing loved ones.

The family also expressed thanks for the support they’ve received from friends, colleagues, neighbors, family and loved ones, as well as people they never met who’ve sent words of encouragement and prayers.