A Year Later Vittorio Missoni's Body Still Missing

It has been exactly a year since the plane carrying head of the family owned Missoni, Vittorio Missoni and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, and their friends Elda Scalvenzi and Guido Foresti disappeared near Los Roques, Venezuela.

Last year it was reported, "According to Nestor Reverol, Venezuela's minister for justice and home affairs,
the small twin-engine airplane, which took off from Los Roques headed to the Simon Bolivar International airport in Maiquetia, about 13 miles from downtown Caracas, sent out its last signals about 10 nautical miles from Los Roques before disappearing."

The search for the plane and missing persons began immediately. Now, a year later the family has released this statement, "the laboratory analysis on the biological findings recovered during the early submarine searches that took place the week of Oct. 15 and during the recovery of part of the cabin on Nov. 25 off Los Roques was brought solely for the identification of Maurizia Castiglioni and of the two Venezuelan pilots Hernan Jose Marchan and Juan Carlos Ferrer Milano." The statement continued, "until today, no biological findings have been recovered" to confirm identification of the bodies of Missoni, Foresti or Scalvenzi.

The company went on to say that "the investigations to determine the causes and the dynamics of the accident and the identity of all passengers are still under way."

Missoni is the 58-year-old son of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. He and his wife were on vacation in Venezuela with four Italian friends who were on board the plane as well. The Britten-Norman BN-2 aircraft had two crew members.

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