Once of the Marines on board the helicopter is from Phoenix.
His parents are obviously devastated, but until the bodies are identified, and they get confirmation from the military, they are holding on to hope that their son has survived the crash.
22-year-old Lance Corporal Jacob Hug shot video just days before the helicopter went missing in Nepal on the way to deliver aid to remote villages.
The family spoke to FOX 10 on day three of the search. "Overnight we're hoping for a phone call; we're hoping for someone to call us and say they found the helicopter," said Jim Hug.
But on day four there was devastating news. Search teams found the wreckage of the helicopter east of Katmandu. The U.S. Military says six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were on board though the bodies have not been positively identified.
"Because of the nature of the wreckage it's unlikely there are any survivors at this time," said Lt. Gen John Wissler.
"As we gather here today, our prayers remain with family and the two soldiers, now that their wreckage has been found in Nepal," said President Barack Obama.
Hug's parents say they're praying for a miracle that their son is alive.
"We're walking by faith, we're hanging on, we're hopeful, we're not believing the headlines in the news," said Jim.
Hug's family says they are finding comfort in the outpouring of support from the public.
"How grateful we are to everyone's thoughts, and words, and kindness that you've offered towards our family," he said.
Hug's mother says the last time she spoke to him was on Mother's Day. He told his parents then it's a privilege to help those in need.
"He is more cherished than he will ever realize, more loved than he will ever realize," said Andrea Hug.
The military stopped recovery efforts because of extreme weather conditions and difficult terrain. The search teams are expected to resume efforts on Saturday.