A father and son from New Jersey were on board a plane that crashed east of Jacksonville Thursday, according to an attorney for the victims' family.

An attorney for the family of Peter Renzulli, 51, and his 18-year-old son Daniel released a statement saying both were on board the missing plane that disappeared two miles off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Attorney Justine Marchetta says the father and son took off from the Kissimmee Airport in Orlando at around 9 a.m. and were heading to Princeton, NJ. 

About 30 minutes into the flight, the aircraft, a Piper PA46-350P Malibu, disappeared from radar, the statement says.

The disappearance sparked a 52-hour search for the aircraft that was suspended Saturday night.

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“The family was devastated to learn that the aircraft could not be located,” said Marchetta. “Peter and Daniel are accomplished pilots and their disappearance is heartbreaking.”

Marchetta says Peter Renzulli had recently completed 30 hours of advanced instruction in the Piper Malibu and was looking forward to returning to New Jersey.

Renzulli was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and appeared frequently on CNN as a "financial matter guru," according to his Linkedin page.

Peter J. Renzulli, Ponte Vedra plane crash victim
A photo of Peter J. Renzulli, who was on board a plane with his 18-year-old son before it disappeared two miles off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Renzulli family attorney

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.