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13:00  14 july  2019
13:00  14 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Last year, bones were found underneath the Vatican 's embassy to Italy in Rome. Italian media immediately speculated the remains could belong to Orlandi or another girl who went missing at around the same time. But forensic tests showed the bones long predated their disappearances.

The Vatican said in a statement that the opening of the tombs “yielded a negative outcome. No human remains nor funereal urns were found .” It said the inspection of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe’s tomb turned up an underground chamber measuring roughly 4 by 3.7 meters (13 by 12 feet) that was

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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.

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The Vatican said in a statement that the opening of the tombs "yielded a negative outcome. No human remains nor funereal urns were found ." It said the inspection of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe's tomb turned up an underground chamber measuring roughly 4 by 3.7 meters (13 by 12 feet)

The Vatican confirmed that two sets of bones were found in two ossuaries discovered this week after excavators opened the nearby tombs of two 19th-century German Experts were searching for the remains of teenager Emanuela Orlandi, who failed to return home from a music lesson in Rome in 1983.

Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl © Reuters

However, the Vatican suspected that any bones in the tombs might have been displaced during structural work carried out on both the college building and a cemetery near St Peter's Basilica in the 1800s and in more recent decades.

Spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said further searches had centred on the areas adjoining the princesses' tombs and that investigators had located two sets of bones under a stone slab manhole covering inside the Teutonic college itself.

Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl © Getty Emanuela Orlandi disappeared in 1983

He said the area was immediately sealed off and would be opened in the presence of forensic experts on 20 July.

Mr Gisotti added the bones were found in two holes carved out of a large stone that was covered by an old pavement stone a few metres behind the princesses' tombs.

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The Vatican said in a statement that the opening of the tombs “yielded a negative outcome. No human remains nor funereal urns were found .” Pietro Orlandi said that in a certain sense that no bones were found was “personally a relief,” since it would have been upsetting to view remains that might

/ Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi who when missing in 1983, second from right, stands by his Laura Sgro as she speaks to the media after the Vatican reopened two tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery inside the Vatican , Thursday, July 11, 2019. The Vatican opened two tombs near St

Emanuela Orlandi disappeared after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome.

Her father was a lay employee of the Holy See.

Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl © Reuters The brother of Emanuela Orlandi, who went missing 36 years ago, Pietro Orlandi

Her case has been one of the enduring mysteries of the Vatican, kept alive by the Italian media and a quest by her brother Pietro Orlandi to find answers.

Over the years, her disappearance has been linked to everything from the plot to kill Pope St John Paul II to the financial scandal of the Vatican bank and Rome's criminal underworld.

The last major twist in the case came in 2012, when Italian forensic police exhumed the body of a reputed mobster from the crypt of a Roman basilica in hopes of finding Ms Orlandi's remains as well. The search turned up no link.

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A lawyer for the family of a Vatican City teenager who vanished in 1983 says no remains have been found in tombs opened near St. Peter's Basilica. Emanuela Orlandi’s disappearance is one of Italy’s most enduring mysteries , and the opening of the tombs at her family’s request was the latest search

The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet Mr Gisotti added that the bones were found in two holes carved out of a large stone that was The search turned up no link. Last year, bones were found underneath the Vatican 's embassy to Italy in

Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl
Vatican mystery: Bones found in search for missing girl

Last year, bones were found underneath the Vatican's embassy to Italy in Rome.

Italian media immediately speculated the remains could belong to Ms Orlandi or another girl who went missing at around the same time.

But forensic tests showed the bones long predated their disappearances.

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Less than 10 days after Vatican officials said they found no evidence that the daughter of an employee who disappeared 36 years ago had been buried in a cemetery inside Vatican City, a new foray there unearthed two ossuaries Saturday that contained unidentified human bones. Whether any of them belonged to the girl, Emanuela Orlandi, who disappeared at age 15 in 1983, was not possible to say immediately.

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