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March 12th, 2014
10:54 PM ET

Wife of miss Flight 370 passenger: "He's my best friend and my soul mate...I just can't wait for him to come back...I hope"

Nearly a week since Flight 370 went missing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, family and friends are being forced to entertain the possibility that their loved ones may never be coming home.

On Wednesday evening, Piers Morgan conducted an emotional interview with Danica Weeks, an Australian woman whose husband Paul is among the 239 people missing. Left to care for her two young sons while scarce details trickle in, Weeks revealed the challenges the family is currently facing:

"We're taking it slowly and [I'm] just trying to keep myself distracted as I'm sure every family member is. You just hear all the news, and I'm trying not to take too much of it in," Weeks told Morgan through a teary Skype conversation. "One minute it's this and then the next minute that's not confirmed, so that's the toughest part, every day waking up and just ... looking on the news and seeing that there's nothing and there's no cause for Malaysia to say 'we've found something.'"

More than five days since reports of a missing flight first emerged, hope is dwindling:

"We're wishing for the best of course. But it's not looking, as it gets further and further down the track, it's not looking good."

As part of a television segment that was gut-wrenching from its inception, Weeks' tale grew even more sad as she divulged details of her last conversation with her husband:

"He said to me, just as he was leaving, he said to me 'I'm going to leave my wedding ring here. It's no use me leaving it in my room on-site. So i'm going to leave my wedding ring and my watch, and should anything happen to me, I want the ring to go to the first son that's married and the watch to the second.' And I said something to him like, 'don't be stupid. Just come back and I'll give it back to you and you can give it to them,'" she told Morgan, before displaying the items she was referencing. "So I've got them here. I'm praying that I can give that back to him. It's all I can hold onto. Because there's no finality to it and we're not getting any information."

Four minutes into their conversation, the "Piers Morgan Live" host asked his guest to describe her husband. What came next was nothing short of heart-breaking:

"He had strength, character, he's just so much - he's my best friend and my soul mate. And I just can't wait for him to come back. I hope. I hope."

Click the above link for more of Morgan's interview with Weeks, including the portion where she further describes her missing husband as "the most amazing father", and for the latest information on missing Flight 370, watch CNN on television and visit cnn.com online.
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  1. Susan Fritz

    Dancia is amazing...I pray for her, Paul and the boys...so devastating....God help her....

    March 13, 2014 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan Frizt

      Thank you CNN and Piers Morgan for sharing her wonderful story.... isI pray we find that Plane for all families...I can't imagine what is going on in their hearts and mind...God bless them...

      March 13, 2014 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      Doesn't anyone find it unusual that person preparing for a run of the mill 5 hour flight would give their spouse their wedding ring and watch for "posterity"? Just doesn't ring true to me

      March 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jamie Hanson

        I absolutely agree w you Jim. Something just doesn't ring true about the husband's reasoning w the ring and watch.

        March 14, 2014 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
      • sjstruthers

        I thought the same thing when I saw this! Who would leave jewelry behind, tell spouse what to do with it "just in case".... it's like he knew he wasn't coming back.

        March 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe College

        He left his ring behind because he was going to work at a job where he wouldn't be allowed (or advised) to wear it due to safety precautions of the work site. He would have to take it off and leave it at the hotel while he worked. Seemed safer and more prudent to leave the ring at home, safe with his wife. At least that's what I've heard from the news about why he left the ring at home. Could there be another reason he left the ring at home? Sure, of course. But I don't think it has anything at all to do with the disappearance of the plane. Just my opinion.

        March 17, 2014 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jason Aguilar

    Dear Piers, tonight I was appalled by your interview with Mrs. Weeks. This is due to the fact that I have tried to imagine the feelings of not knowing why a loved one has not called me in over five days when their last known location is miles above the earth and no one knows their location. It is too wrenching to endure even from this spectator's standpoint. I look to CNN for news and understand your show is sensationalized, but watching an interview of a woman in complete shock at the 'loss' of a loved one was literally disgusting. If you aimed at wrenching your audience, congratulations. I cannot imagine CNN seeking interviews with family members of flight 370 and have reservations about any CNN policy accepting calls from family members seeking to be interviewed. Will her aired plight somehow change the future dynamics of this confusing search and rescue? Would you be able to make it so? All our thoughts should be with the families of those onboard as well as those lost. All of us should be focusing on better means of finding loved ones that have been lost. If you agree Piers, would you please use your platform to focus a little more constructively and less dramatically? See you tomorrow night.

    March 13, 2014 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anna

      I couldn't agree more. And why is Danica Weeks doing this?? I'm sure she is in shock but there are other ways to deal with it. Incidentally, my oil worker fly in fly out husband was killed in 1978 leaving me with a 3 year old. It was totally gut wrenching to try to explain the loss to my daughter who has suffered life long depression, largely connected with not being able to remember her father. My heart is breaking for Danica and the years ahead will be extra tough.

      March 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jason Aguilar

        Thank You Anna. And Thank You Piers for addressing the 'wrenching torment' and unknown technicalities. You will be missed; hopefully not for long.

        March 14, 2014 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sari

    What an incredibly moving interview. My heart goes out to Danica Weeks and her family in Australia. Lots of strength and love. Please know that we are praying for you and all aboard the missing plane and their families. Thank you Pierce Morgan for asking the right questions and for handling the interview well.

    March 13, 2014 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Christina Johnson

    thank you Piers, a really moving interview with a strong woman! it shows us the reality of what people are going through with this tragedy! keep strong for yourself and your boys Danica; love from New Zealand!

    March 13, 2014 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Santanad

    Thank you Piers, a very moving and sensitive interview...hoping for the best...you are simply a great human being..

    March 13, 2014 at 3:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Peter Grois

    Following the news on TV makes it appear that the cause of this tragedy is looked for within the airplane and the people in the airplane. Is it forgotten that the airplane is moving in an environment? The downing of the airplane could have been caused by the environment and /or something within it. There are military weapon systems like fighter planes and weapons stationed in satellites. If one of those weapons, like a missile, inadvertently down the airliner it would put the country responsible for that weapon in a very difficult situation.
    Military fighter pilots lock in on airliners all the time. They do it for practice but they never pull the trigger to shoot. Could it be that something got wrong and inadvertently the trigger for the launch of a missile of a Malaysian fighter jet had been pulled? Radar images would disclose the military fighter plane in the proximity of the airliner. Is it not that information what the Malaysian Government is holding back? They need time to sort out the situation. For that reason it appears they are coming up with conflicting information to gain time to ether cover the story up our come up with an official statement.
    Downing the airliner with a missile would explain the sudden disappearance of this large aircraft, the sudden loss of the transponder signal, the missing signal from the black box and the large debris field what cannot be identified since the aircraft is blown to little pieces. The radar image showing the airliner turning and dive under the radar detection zone might have been the fighter jet downing the airline. It would make sense for that pilot to hide immediately after his terrible mistake.
    A scenario like the one described would explain the confusing reports from the Malaysian Government – considering the political situation between China and Malaysia.

    March 13, 2014 at 7:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. susan freyd

    Congratulations. It took awhile for your prodding, poking and pushing of Ms Danica Weeks to have her sorrow and agony revealed for the world to see. Your interview was the most painful, tasteless and sensational event I have ever seen.

    March 13, 2014 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. David

    I find her story to be rather fake for some reason. I mean who would do that? I think she's looking for her 15 minutes of fame and a possible movie and book deal.

    March 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Megan

      As sorry as I am for saying this, I found you to possibly be correct.... If it was true, its absolutely beautiful, but for some reason, I think its either exhaggerated or downright false.

      I am relieved to know I am not the only one who feels that way... its a sad situation all the way around .

      March 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ann

      Quite fake. Completely agree with you. The 60 minutes interview felt very forced and staged. For someone breaking down the way it seemed she was, the tears were severely lacking. I hate thinking and feeling this way, but none of it adds up

      March 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. priscilla

    Not to shine a dark light on this family's tragedy, but I have some concerns. Has Paul Weeks been investigated as a possible suspect in bringing down the plane? After all, he was an engineer, and a very smart man who could find out how to shut down the transponder, etc. Why did he give away such important possessions. He behaved like a suicidal person, giving these items way. Unless he knew because he intended to bring the plane down. Have authorities reviewed his insurance policies?. Has his computer been checked?

    March 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Stephen Melvin

    Did I hear right that the husband was in the Israeli military? Add this to that he made a statement that if he didn't return home that he wished his wedding ring goes to his first son married and his watch to the other.Also he communicated with his wife through email,I travel to many places and always find a way to phone my wife.My heart goes out to his family but this seems odd.

    March 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Johan Boswinkel

    is it possible for a transponder and other electrical system to be deactivated remotely?

    March 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Zizana

    This is very, very sad interview. I feel sad for Danica and her children. I lived in Sarajevo during the war and lost my husband and many others... What I would like to ask, is it really coincidence that Danica's husband went to a business trip almost as knowing that he is not coming back? I wish my husband had that senses. But, he didn't. I wish I have opportunity to help grieving family members.

    March 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Lon

    The facts scream that a sophisticated hijacking has taken place. They knew the exact type of flight where they could 'get lost' from the authorities. They knew how to disable the communications 'in part'....The pilots had Arab names. The passport thieves had Arab names. Recent history suggests whenever anything 'spectacular' takes place it is for 'ideological'....ie....'religious' reasons.....Could they have landed it on the mainland for purposes of making the plane into a weapon of very large proportions?...Money is not a motivator to these people. But destruction of the West IS....I think the whole thing should be considered in a military way.....

    March 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Amanda

    Danica has already explained why her husband left behind his treasured belongings in many interviews here is Australia. They had been in an awful car accident in December 2013 and as a resulted had spoken at length about what to do if one of them died. I can only imagine that as her husband was leaving for a fly out fly in job in Mongolia he would of been thinking about every possibility, thus giving Danica his possessions incase something, like the car crash, went wrong again. I don't think this makes him a suspect because he was trying to cover all bases when leaving his family for a prolonged time. However who is to say, who is or isn't responsible for the flight disappearance. My heart aches for Danica and her beautiful family. I pray for the best.

    March 14, 2014 at 2:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Banoo

    imagine this scenario. This engineer is a Muslim and Danica is wearing a hijab at the time of the interview. Leaves behind his ring because he is forgetful but his wrist watch! very unusual. something we would rush to judgement and start weird investigation

    March 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Arlene h l

    As a retired flight attendant. I have been following the story on the missing plane I strongly believe that there a failure or leakage of toxic gases into the air system into the cabin At that time when most are asleep when hypoxia occurs ,,,it's happens fast and silently. Without knowing sleep occurs then lack of coordination Erratic and involuntary muscular movements. Hence if this happened then maybe the pilot tried to turned back but due to incapacitation as a result of severe hypoxia involuntary turned off switches thinking he was doing the right procedure That is what hypoxia makes you do. Up seems down and on seems off The aircraft flew on it's own as trained to do. Possible dived into the ocean and gently landed below embedded between a geological rock formation unable to move but due to pressure of the water below ,water flowed into the cabin and sunk the craft. If not located where the seismic was registered. Then in the ocean traveling with the under currents. The pings were the last calls for help but they could have been bouncing off any nearby stations hoping that it could be located I think that the plane did not crash into the water but headed down and sank. Could have been caused by a leakage of toxic containers in the cargo whack infitrated the air system causing a slow silent death. And remember. The pilots wear these oxygen masks which unknown to them were con taminated with a poisonous gas the pax never knew what was happening. They just fell into a death sleep state. God be with them

    March 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Peter Grois

    The missing Boeing 777 might be a threat to national security. It could have been stolen by a terror group. The group does not claim responsibility since they are planning to use it as a weapon. Could one imagine this plane being filled up with explosives or made to a dirty bomb and flown into a metropolitan area?

    March 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. louise ryan

    Cannot believe some of these replies having not heart and accusations because he left his ring and watch at home. In three years Danica and Paul lost their home in the Christchurch N.Z.earthquake that killed 185 people, they were involved in a serious accident late last year and survived. It has been explained on Australian T.V. why he left his belongings at home, while working in the mines he was advised not to wear rings or watches and to leave them at home, makes sense to me.....Danica, hope you find strength in all that lies ahead of you and be strong for your two gorgeous boys, I lost my husband 28 years in a car accident leaving me with a 3 year old and a 18 month old...May God bless and guide you.

    March 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Adi

    Our prayers are with you and your family. God is on the side of righteousness.

    On another note, Pierce was not comforting whatsoever, "What kind of man was Paul" – what sort of question is this? Paul was a good man just from the pictures and the intent of leaving things for his children etc.... why do journalists do this to the affected, is there no sensitivity, rather ask about her support in this time of need and if she and her kids have family and friends around to help.

    March 15, 2014 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. sathi

    this is not time to discuss or argue about what paul said to danica,as we humans we have to be with her and her two beautiful kids with love and prayers,there is no doubt that paul was simply a super husband to danica and a lovely father to those loving kids,my heartiest prayers for danica and the kids from srilanka

    March 16, 2014 at 2:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Injured as a Passenger

    Sharing my very first blog post … so glad to have finally entered the world of the blogger! Hope you enjoy it

    March 19, 2014 at 5:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Anna

    Now she has signed up for 60 minutes to be aired this weekend. What is this woman doing?? Lots of publicity – no doubt there will be more interviews. Something seems very strange in the way she us dealing with this...

    March 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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