Family: No word on Minn. couple missing on cruise 17 Jan 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The family of a Minnesota couple missing after a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy say they have received no word on the couple.

The death toll from the Costa Concordia disaster rose to 11 on Tuesday when five bodies – four men and one woman – were recovered from the submerged portion of the ship. But the family of Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake, Minn., say in a blog posting they have nothing to report.

The family says it will await word from the U.S. Embassy and Italian authorities on the newly discovered passengers. And they ask people to continue praying for the other passengers and the safety of the rescuers.

Rescuers continue to search the ship for about two dozen people still missing.

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