Hope continues as search for missing American couple in Brussels goes on

Published: Mar. 23, 2016 at 6:15 PM EDT|Updated: May. 7, 2016 at 7:14 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The family of the missing American couple with Kentucky ties is still hopeful their loved ones are still alive.

According to Levi Sutton, the brother of Justin Shults, hospitals in Brussels are not releasing any names until the Belgian government gives them the OK. Sutton said Justin and his wife, Stephanie, were not on the list of those killed.

"After we got the call that they weren't on the casualties list, you know from there we've all been very optimistic knowing that they probably were injured in some way and taken to a hospital and they are being taken care of and that's why they haven't reached out," Sutton said.

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Sutton says his mother, Sheila Shell, is getting help from the U.S. State Department to track the couple down.

"So we just wait and pray and there's not a whole lot else we can do," Shell said in a separate interview.

Shell says she's been on the phone non-stop trying to reach anyone who can at least tell them they've been located. She hasn't been able to sleep.

Shell said Belgian authorities are putting together a list of the injured and will notify her once they do that.

"Every time my phone rings, I just want it to be my son on the other end of the phone saying I'm OK," said Shell. "Every hour that passes and we hear nothing, and we hear nothing."

The couple moved to Brussels after their wedding. They were at the airport terminal saying goodbye to Stephanie's mother, Carolyn Moore, when the blast happened. Moore, who was headed back to Lexington, KY, is still in Brussels and vows not to come back home until she knows her daughter and son-in-law are safe.

Betty Newsom, Moore's sister, said Moore has lost her hearing because of the blast and is staying at a hotel near the airport, also glued to her phone.

Sutton said his brother was his school's valedictorian and fell in love with Stephanie while in college.

"They are the nicest people you will ever meet," he told us.

Sutton said his brother and sister-in-law were living the dream before the attack.

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