A small plane carrying Missoni Italian fashion house head Vittorio Missoni, along with his wife, friends and a small crew, has gone missing in Venezuela. The Missoni company has confirmed that the fashion scion and his wife are missing, releasing the following statement today:
"The Missoni company today confirms that Vittorio Missoni and his wife are missing in Venezuela. The small plane they were travelling on has disappeared. This is all the information currently available. We are relying on the work of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all the institutions involved, to whom we are gratetful for the prompt activities in the research. As more information becomes available the company will issue further statements. The company asks the press to kindly respect the family's privacy at this time."
The AP reports that the plane, only chartered for a 95-mile flight, went missing not long after takeoff. No wreckage has been found.
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