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The search for Forrest & Donna

Donna Grant and Forrest Sanco have been missing since the end of September. They were traveling in a small aircraft on the way to the island of Rum Cay in the Bahamas. (Courtesy Donna Grant family)

It began as one of the happiest moments of their lives.

"They had their marriage license and they were going to go down there and have their ceremony and get married," said daughter-in-law Tressa Simmons.

But just days after arriving in the Bahamas, Forrest Sanco and Donna Grant went missing while attempting to fly to the island of Rum Cay.

"It's been a roller coaster," said daughter-in-law Erin Simmons.

"As the days go by it gets harder but we're hopeful," said Erin.

"We have to keep searching," said Tressa.

And when they say we, they mean that literally. The local authorities, they say, haven't exactly been bending over backwards to find their loved ones.

"It's been very difficult to get any sort of help from them," said Tressa.

So they've privately funded aerial searches and received help from the public through fundraisers. So far, a tire believed to have come from the plane, was found by a fisherman.

"It's such a vast area to cover its almost like a needle in a haystack," said Erin.

Despite the odds, hope persists that the story will have an ending as happy as the beginning.

"It's not been that long and there's lots of areas that they could be alive on," said Tressa.

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