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Divers in Italy find 4 more ship bodies; Minnesota couple still missing

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Feb 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

ROME (AP) - Authorities say divers searching the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship found four more bodies Wednesday, including that of a missing 5-year-old Italian girl.

Italy's national civil protection agency, which is monitoring the operation off a Tuscan island, said two of the bodies were recovered a few hours after being sighted. It said they are those of a woman and a girl.

It did not identify the two, but only one child's name was on the list of the missing, 5-year-old Dayana Arlotti. She was on the Mediterranean cruise with her father and his girlfriend. The girlfriend survived; the father is listed among the missing.

The Concordia, which was carrying some 4,200 passengers and crew, struck a reef near the Tuscan island of Giglio on Jan. 13 and capsized.

With Wednesday's development, 21 bodies have now been found and 18 of those have been identified. Another 11 people are still missing, including Minnesota husband and wife Jerry and Barbara Heil of White Bear Lake.

Most of the victims were found on the capsized ship in the days after the accident. Three corpses were recovered from the water a few hours after it grounded.

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