Venezuela Dismisses Kidnapping Rumors as Search for Vittorio Missoni's Plane Continues

Yesterday, as the search for Missoni heir Vittorio Missoni continued, the New York Post reported that the disappearance may have in fact been a kidnapping.
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Yesterday, as the search for Missoni heir Vittorio Missoni continued, the New York Post reported that the disappearance may have in fact been a kidnapping.
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Yesterday, as the search for Missoni heir Vittorio Missoni continued, the New York Post reported that the disappearance may have in fact been a kidnapping.

Missoni, his wife, and friends went missing on Friday, after the small plane they were aboard disappeared off the coast of Venezuela. Since then, the Missoni family and the fashion community at large, have been praying for any sign of the heir and his fellow passengers.

And, on late Sunday night, two days after the mysterious disappearance, the son of one of Missoni's passengers received apparent word from his father. Telecom Italia Mobile confirmed yesterday that the mobile phone of Guido Foresti, who was onboard the flight, sent an SMS to his son on January 6 that read, "Call now, we are reachable."

Subsequent calls to the number were not answered, though the text message led some to believe that the plane's disappearance could be a kidnapping, a possibility which rallied the hopes of the Missoni family.

"It’s better to be kidnapped than at the bottom of the sea," Angela Missoni told reporters outside her home on Monday. "We hope all four are alive and well. We also hope that the searches go in all directions."

However, according to WWD, the Venezuelan government has ruled out a possible kidnapping, and are not treating it that way. Telecom Italia Mobile also stated that while they can confirm the text message was received on Sunday, it could not ascertain when the message was actually written, meaning that it could have been composed before the plane disappeared.

The search for Vittorio is still ongoing and there is no official time limit for the search, according to WWD.