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

15:25  11 july  2019
15:25  11 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens; 2 ossuaries found

Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens; 2 ossuaries found The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee has taken yet another twist following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery: The Vatican said Saturday it had discovered two ossuaries under a manhole that will be formally opened next week. The Vatican on Thursday had pried open the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College in hopes of finding the remains of Emanuela Orlandi, after her family received a tip she might be buried there. Those hopes were dashed when the tombs turned out to be completely empty.

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 tombs 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.

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.

Tombs riddle could see Vatican efforts to find teen backfire: analysts

Tombs riddle could see Vatican efforts to find teen backfire: analysts The Vatican's attempts to help the family of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago have merely deepened the mystery surrounding her fate, and risk backfiring, analysts say. Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, was last seen leaving a music class in Rome aged 15, and theories have circulated for decades about who took her and where her body might lie. Two tombs at the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican were opened last week after an anonymous tip-off that they might contain her remains.

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 .

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.

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.

"The result of the search was negative. No human remains or funeral urns were found," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said.

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.

Vatican to open tombs in bid to solve 36-year-old cold case

Vatican to open tombs in bid to solve 36-year-old cold case The Vatican has ordered two of its own tombs to be searched -- the latest twist in the mysterious disappearance of a teenager, 36 years ago. Emanuela Orlandi was 15 when she vanished without a trace in the summer of 1983. The daughter of a prominent employee of the Institute for the Works of Religion -- better known as the Vatican Bank -- Orlandi was last seen at a music lesson in the grounds of Sant'Apollinare basilica in Rome.

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.

Princess Sophie's tomb led to a large empty underground room and no human remains were found in Princess Carlotta's tomb, he said.

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.

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.

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".

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

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.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; editing by Jason Neely)

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