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US NewsAt Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

16:30  11 july  2019
16:30  11 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Vatican to open tombs in bid to solve 36-year mystery of missing teen

Vatican to open tombs in bid to solve 36-year mystery of missing teen The Vatican will open two tombs later this month to help solve the case of a teenager missing for 36 years. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, went missing in 1983 at the age of 15 after failing to return from a music lesson. On Tuesday, the Vatican said the decision to open the tombs followed a request from her family. Video: Vatican Paper Calls Gender Identity A 'Confused Concept' (Newsy) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_9fe5d1f3-f794-47a7-9e90-9c93d333c79d").

The Vatican says two tombs will be opened at request of the family of a teen who disappeared in 1983. In a new twist to one of Italy's most persistent mysteries , a pair of tombs in a tiny cemetery in Vatican City will be opened next week to determine if they contained the remains of a 15-year-old girl

Rome prosecutors link Vatican cleric to 29-year mystery of missing girl . Italian media have speculated that the discovery could shed light on the fate of one or possibly two teenagers who went missing in the 1980s. Italian mafia boss's tomb opened in search for missing girl .

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses supposed to be buried there.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Experts were looking for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican clerk who failed to return home following a music lesson in Rome. Her disappearance has been the subject of wild speculation in the Italian media for years.

Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl

Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl Two sets of bones have been found as officials investigate the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee. The new discovery came after the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses were opened in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College in Vatican City in the hope of finding Emanuela Orlandi's remains. Ms Orlandi's family had received a tip that she might be buried there but the tombs turned out to be empty.

VATICAN CITY — In a new twist to one of Italy’s most persistent mysteries , a pair of tombs in a tiny cemetery in Vatican City will be opened next week to determine if they contained the remains of a 15-year-old girl who vanished in Rome in 1983. Relatives of Emanuela Orlandi

The Vatican has said it will open two tombs in a tiny cemetery on its grounds and test bone DNA to help solve the The Vatican opened its own investigation in April after an anonymous tip-off advised Orlandi's family lawyer Laura Sgro to Bones found at Vatican may solve mystery of missing girl .

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Exhumation work began after a morning prayer in the Teutonic Cemetery, a burial ground just inside the Vatican walls used over the centuries mainly for Church figures or members of noble families of German or Austrian origin.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery
At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery
At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

Officials were expecting to find at least the bones of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840, but there was no trace of either.

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The bone fragments were discovered during construction work at the Vatican 's embassy to Italy in the upscale neighborhood of Parioli, the Human remains unearthed on a Vatican -owned property in Rome may hold the key to solving the mystery of an Italian teen girl who vanished 35 years ago.

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Italian teenager 36 years ago deepened Thursday after two graves at the Vatican thought to possibly hold her remains were discovered to be empty . Not only were Emanuela Orlandi's remains not found, the tombs did not even hold the remains of the two.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds "The result of the search was negative. No human remains or funeral urns were found," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/REMO CASILLI The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi, leaves the Vatican after two tombs were opened in a cemetery on its grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries in the Vatican Gisotti said the Vatican would now examine records structural work done in the cemetery at the end of the 19th century and again about 60 years ago to see if they could shed any light on the new mystery.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/REMO CASILLI The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi, leaves the Vatican after two tombs were opened in a cemetery on its grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries in the Vatican Princess Sophie's tomb led to a large empty underground room and no human remains were found in Princess Carlotta's tomb, he said.

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The Vatican , Opus Dei, Ali Agca, the Banco Ambrosiano and organised crime all feature in a grim tale that was rekindled last Monday when investigators opened the tomb of Enrico “Renatino” De Pedis, a mobster Some commentators had even speculated that perhaps it might contain the girl ’s remains.

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At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Theories about Orlandi's disappearance have run the gamut from an attempt to secure freedom for Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk jailed in 1981 for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II, to a connection to the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in a Rome basilica. His tomb was opened in 2012 but nothing was revealed.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Last year, bones found during ground work at the Vatican embassy in Rome sparked a media frenzy suggesting they might belong to Orlandi or to Mirella Gregori, another teenager who disappeared the same year. DNA tests turned out negative.

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At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open a tomb in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

The Orlandi family later received an anonymous letter saying Emanuela's body might be hidden among the dead in the Teutonic Cemetery where a statue of an angel holding a book reads "Requiescat in Pace," Latin for "Rest in Peace".

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Emanuela Orlandi disappeared on her way home and now the Vatican has agreed to open two tombs . Emanuela Orlandi death: Brother's search to solve Vatican murder mystery .

The Vatican may open a tomb to see if it holds the remains of a teenager who disappeared in 1983, in the latest twist in one of Italy's darkest mysteries , its spokesman said Monday. Emanuela Orlandi was the daughter of a member of the Vatican 's police, and was last seen leaving a music class.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open tombs in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

The two tombs were opened in the presence of the Orlandi family and descendants of the princesses, who were all equally shocked.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/VATICAN MEDIA People open tombs in a cemetery on the Vatican's grounds

Police in 1983 did not exclude the possibility that Emanuela Orlandi may have been abducted and killed for reasons with no connection to the Vatican or been a victim of human trafficking.

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery © Reuters/REMO CASILLI The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi, leaves the Vatican after two tombs were opened in a cemetery on its grounds to test the DNA of bones to help solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries in the Vatican

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