Local Man Awaits Word on Missing Parents

Gerald and Barbara Heil were on the Costa Concordia when it ran aground this weekend

By Stefan Holt and Christian Farr
|  Monday, Jan 16, 2012  |  Updated 6:54 AM CDT
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Local Man Awaits Word on Missing Parents

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A luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia leans on its side after running aground the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. A luxury cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, sending water pouring in through a 160-foot (50-meter) gash in the hull and forcing the evacuation of some 4,200 people from the listing vessel early Saturday, the Italian coast guard said. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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A Mount Prospect man on Monday remains hopeful as he awaits word on his missing parents who were aboard an Italian ship that ran aground off the Tuscan coast this weekend.

John Heil said his parents, Gerald and Barbara Heil from White Bear Lake, Minn., were passengers on the Costa Concordia and are still missing after the ocean liner capsized

When an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis visited the Heil home Sunday, a family member told reporters it doesn't look good. Still there are some encouraging signs. Three people were found alive over the weekend, including a couple who was honeymooning aboard the ship.

Another passenger, whose son lives in Chicago, also was rescued. The passenger's son said his mother is doing well after the rescue. 

In total six bodies were found inside the ocean liner over the weekend. Rescue divers on Monday were evacuated from the ship after it began dislodging into the choppy waters.

Another 14 people are still missing from the 4,200-passenger ship, according to reports.

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