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MILAN — As part of the ongoing search for Vittorio Missoni and following media reports claiming that two bags labeled Maurizia Castiglioni and Guido Foresti had been found on the island of Bonaire, in the Netherland Antilles, the Missoni, Castiglioni, Scalvenzi and Foresti families issued a statement Saturday to clarify the find.
The statement said the bag labeled Vittorio Missoni that was found on Feb 10 on the island of Bonaire, as reported by WWD, had an additional tag with the name Castiglioni, his life partner.
At the same time, a smaller bag was recovered “not too far” away and this also belongs to Missoni, as it was originally contained in the bigger bag found originally, the statement said. Both items were empty and “very damaged inside, with their many zips entirely unzipped,” said the statement.
Missoni was traveling with Castiglioni and their friends Foresti and Elsa Scalvenzi on a small plane that went missing Jan. 4 near Venezuela’s Los Roques archipelago.
On Saturday, the families reiterated that “the case [of the missing executive] is not closed.” As per the statement, the Italian and Venezuelan authorities continue to investigate the disappearance of the Islander YV2615 and its passengers and are studying the two bags and the one found on Feb. 4 on the island of Curaçao, in the Caribbean Sea, which had been stowed on Missoni’s plane and that helped focus the search west of Los Roques.
While thanking the media for the constant attention to the case, the families asked for “the utmost caution in the diffusion of unverified news,” to respect their “difficult and greatly uncertain situation.”