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Vittorio Missoni's Son Says Plane Crash Scenario 'Least Plausible'

Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- The son of Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni says a plane crash is the "least plausible" explanation for his father's disappearance off the coast of Venezuela, hinting that he might have been kidnapped.

Venezuelan authorities have been searching since the twin-engine plane was lost last Friday near the resort islands of Los Roques.  On board were Missoni, three other Italians -- including his wife -- and two Venezuelan crew members.

Missoni's oldest son, Ottavio, told Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera on Wednesday, "A plane cannot vanish in this way, on a short route, without leaving any trace.  I remain convinced that the least plausible reason is that they crashed into the water."

His opinion is based on a mysterious text message apparently sent from the cellphone of Guido Forsti, who was on the plane, to Forsti's son more than 48 hours after it disappeared.

Ottavio told the newspaper the text message read, "Call now. We are reachable."

He said he has even reached out to his father's potential enemies in search of any explanation.

Venezuelan officials said more than 400 people in boats, planes and helicopters searched Wednesday for a sixth day without success.  No wreckage or debris has been found and Venezuelans will suspend the search after Thursday.  An Italian team that assisted in search efforts last year with the Costa Concordia shipwreck is set to arrive in Venezuela later Thursday to help.

"It's really hard to believe the airplane isn't in the water," John Nance, ABC News' aviation analyst, said.  "By the same token, unless you find wreckage, there's no proof it hasn't flown off someplace else.  But I find that hard to believe."

Corriere Della Sera published the last known image of Missoni, 58, and his friends moments before they boarded the plane in Los Roques last Friday, bound for Caracas.

Thirty minutes after takeoff, the plane vanished into the Caribbean, leaving the tight-knit Missoni clan anxiously waiting for answers.

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Missing Fashion Mogul Vittorio Missoni Turned Family Business Into a Global Brand

(NEW YORK) -- Rescuers searched by air and sea Sunday off the coast of Venezuela for the plane carrying Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, the man credited with turning his father’s fashion house into a global empire that includes hotels, housewares and bicycles.

The 58-year-old left the remote Los Roques archipelago Friday on a twin-engine plane bound for Caracas, Venezuela. On board were his wife, two friends and two pilots.

Thirty minutes after takeoff, the plane vanished into the Caribbean, leaving the tight-knit Missoni clan anxiously waiting for answers.

Luca Missoni, Vittorio’s brother, is reportedly en route to Venezuela to monitor the search effort, while 91-year-old patriarch Ottavio Missoni remains in Italy with family.

Vittorio, who runs the family business with his siblings, Luca and Angela, has been instrumental in bringing the brand to luxury consumers in Asia.

“It’s quite a family business and we have also a new generation who’s been involved,” Missoni said on a video that was posted on YouTube earlier this year.

The Missoni brand was born in 1953 at a workshop in Gallarte, Italy, when Ottavio Missoni and his wife, Rosita, began creating knitwear.

Known for the trademark Missoni zig-zag pattern, the brand has become a favorite of fashionistas, including Kate Moss and Kate Middleton.

The Missonis used their flair for design and business savvy to move beyond knitwear, starting a hotel chain and a line of housewares.

In 2011, the fashion house partnered with Target to create a low cost, 400-piece line, including a bicycle that sported the trademark Missoni zig-zag.

The collection sold out in minutes at Target stores, while online shoppers managed to crash the big-box retailer’s website.

The fashion house has not yet said whether the Missoni fall 2013 menswear show, which is scheduled for next Sunday in Milan, will go on as planned.

Annuals sales of the Milan-based company are estimated to be between $75 million and $100 million.

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