It's been two months since four of her family members were killed in a plane crash in an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and now Broadway star Megan Hilty is trying to bring them all home.
Via a GoFundMe campaign, the "Smash" alum raised over $72,000 to hire a private company to search for her sister and nephew's bodies in Puget Sound off the Seattle, Washington, coast.
Initially, Megan had hoped to raise $50,000, but donations exceeded that. She plans to donate the excess money to the search and rescue team's foundation so it can help other families look for loved ones, she said.
Megan capped off the campaign after the number hit $72,512 within two days. Donations came in from notable names like Leslie Odom Jr., Katharine McPhee and Rachel Zegler.
"It is difficult to describe the depth of our gratitude for the overwhelming support we have received in such a short time. Because of this generosity, we will be able to start the recovery effort for Lauren, Remy & Luca immediately and hopefully bring some kind of closure to this unbearable tragedy very soon," she said on Instagram. "This tragic loss put us in an impossible situation and, to be very honest, it was incredibly difficult to ask for help."
On Sept. 4, Megan's sister Lauren, her husband, Ross Mickel, and their 2-year-old son, Remy, were aboard a Floatplane when it went down into Puget Sound near Whidbey Island. In all, 10 people died in the crash and there were no survivors.
In the days that followed, the National Transportation and Safety Board brought the plane up, and several victims were recovered, including Ross. Lauren — who was pregnant with her second child who she planned to name Luca — and Remy were not among the bodies retrieved.
In her GoFundMe plea, the "Patsy & Loretta" star said "chances are slim" that Lauren and Remy's bodies will be found, but "there is still a possibility we can find them, and we all agree that at the end of the day, we want to say we did everything we could to bring them home."
It's unclear what caused the plane crash.