Following the disappearance of Vittorio Missoni's plane Friday, the fashion mogul's sister Angela Missoni said the family still has hope they will be reunited with him.
Missoni's plane went off the radar just after taking off from Los Roques, Venezuela, and never made it to its destination, an international airport outside Caracas.
"My children and nephews are with my parents, all together at this difficult time," Angela said in a statement to E! News. "We are all moved by the affection and help we've had so far from the whole world and thankful to the authorities for their tireless search and rescue efforts.
"At this time, we have no further specifics regarding these efforts except to say we are confident they will continue at the same pace, and that the search will explore all possible avenues," she went on. "Our deepest thanks go to the multitude of supporters that have reached out to us from all over the world, and we ask that you join us in the hope that the Missoni, Scalvenzi, and Foresti families will soon be reunited. We are full of hope and trust the great work the Authorities have been doing so far. We will not give up."
Angela said she and other family members have been in touch with police, Venezuelan Authorities, the Unity of Crisis and the Italian Embassy to aid in their search efforts.
Vittorio was on the plane with five other people, including his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, two crew members and two longtime friends who were vacationing with them in Venezuela.
—Additional reporting by Ashley Fultz