Statement issued Monday by the parents of Lauren Bessette and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, read by family friend Grant Stinchfield:

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Freeman and William J. Bessette would like to thank the many individuals and governmental agencies that have assisted in the exhaustive search for their beloved family members.

Each of these three young people _ Lauren Bessette, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. _ was the embodiment of love, accomplishment and passion for life.

John and Carolyn were true soul mates and we hope to honor them in death in the simple manner in which they chose to live their lives. We take solace in the thought that together they will comfort Lauren for eternity. We are especially appreciative of the privacy and support provided us by our friends and family and community. Nothing in life is preparation for the loss of a child.