Vittorio Missoni’s body not found

Vittorio Missoni’s body has still not been found, his family have confirmed.

The chief executive officer of the Italian fashion house and several other people were on board a flight which went off the radar off the coast of Venezuela on January 4 2013. They were travelling from the Los Roques resort to Caracas when they disappeared and in June wreckage from the plane was uncovered.

In October there were reports that bodies had been recovered, but it’s now been confirmed there were only three found – the two pilots and Vittorio’s partner Maurizia Castiglioni.

“As of today there have been no biological remains found that identify Vittorio Missoni, Guido Foresti or Elda Scalvenzi,” a statement from the Missoni family released today said.

“In Venezuela the investigation to determine the causes and dynamics of the accident and the identity of all passengers are ongoing.”

Vittorio is the brother of Missoni fashion designer Angela. Despite it being over a year since the accident, his loved ones remain hopeful they will get closure.

“In thanking the Venezuelan government and the Italian government for all their efforts in these months, the families sincerely hope that the underwater exploration of the remaining parts of the wreckage, already identified, will within a short time bring the recovery and the identification of Vittorio Missoni, Guido Foresti and Elda Scalvenzi,” the statement continued.

Vittorio’s brother Luca helped with the search in Venezuela and his family have always been open about their hope he would be found alive.

The missing man’s son Ottavio Missoni Jr. insisted it is unlikely the plane crashed during an interview shortly after the disappearance.

“I still believe that they’re alive, that the plane didn’t fall: there is too much evidence that lets me think like this,” he said.

“I have been thinking of so many possible scenarios. But I remain convinced that the least plausible reason is that they crashed into the water.”

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