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After three days with no news concerning the whereabouts of Missoni co-owner Vittorio Missoni and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, who disappeared on a small plane in Venezuela
around mid-day Friday, Missoni
Creative Director Angela Missoni
has released this statement
‘I am now in Rome and in direct contact with the Italian Foreign Ministry and the State Police to report the disappearance of my brother while also co-ordinating all information and offers of aid that we have received globally.
'My brother Luca is now in Venezuela and is an active part of the search. He is a pilot and is also involved in the flight search over the area. Our AD, Alberto Piantoni, has just joined Luca in Venezuela. They are in direct touch with the Venezuelan authorities, the Unity of Crisis and the Italian Embassy.
'My children and nephews are all with my parents and are together at this difficult time.
'We are all moved by the affection and help that we have had from the whole world and thankful to the Authorities for their tireless search and rescue efforts.
'At this time, we have no further specifics regarding the search except to say we are confident they will continue at the same pace and the search with explore all possibilities. Our deepest thanks go to the multitude of supporters that have reached out to us from all over the world. We ask that you join us in the hope that the Missoni, Scalvenzi and Foresti families will soon be reunited.
We are full of hope and trust the great work the Authorities have been doing so far. We will not give up.’