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WorldVatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodies

15:45  20 july  2019
15:45  20 july  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Vatican to open 2 graves in hunt for missing girl after cryptic clue

Vatican to open 2 graves in hunt for missing girl after cryptic clue Emanuela Orlandi vanished without a trace 36 years ago, but a mysterious letter suggests she may be buried in a 19th century tomb inside Vatican City

Vatican City, (CNA) - According to Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti, the ossuaries will be opened for testing July 20, in That the tombs were found empty of any human remains, including the women supposedly buried there, was considered an unseen twist in the mystery of the missing Orlandi.

Vatican will open two ossuaries next week in continued cemetery investigation. According to Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti, the ossuaries will be opened for testing July 20, in order to determine if they belong to Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe and Duchess Charlotte Frederica, who

Vatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodies
Vatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodies
Vatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodies

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Forensic experts extracted bones from two ossuaries within the walls of the Vatican on Saturday as part of an investigation aimed at resolving the case of a girl who vanished in 1983.

Following an anonymous tip-off, the Vatican earlier this month opened two tombs to see if the body of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican clerk, was hidden there.

Vatican begins digging up graves in missing teen search

Vatican begins digging up graves in missing teen search The Vatican began digging up two graves Thursday after an anonymous tip-off that they may contain the remains of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago. The family braced for a possible breakthrough last year, when human remains were found at a Vatican property in Rome. In 2017, conspiracy specialists were driven into a frenzy by a leaked -- but apparently falsified -- document, purportedly written by a cardinal and pointing to a Vatican cover-up. Five years earlier, forensic experts exhuming the tomb of a notorious crime boss at a Vatican church uncovered some 400 boxes of bones.

Papal authorities seal off area inside Pontifical Teutonic College in search for girl missing since 1983. The Vatican pledged further investigation and on Saturday a spokesman said they had “identified two ossuaries , located under the pavement of an area inside the Pontifical Teutonic

The Vatican has ordered the opening of two tombs in the search for a teenage girl who went missing in 1983.. An undated file handout photograph released on 05 July 2010 showing a poster appealing for information on the whereabouts of missing Vatican city citizen Emanuela Orlandi, who

Instead, they ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses who were supposed to be buried in the Vatican's tiny Teutonic Cemetery.

After consulting its records, the Vatican announced last week they had located bones under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College, which flanks the graveyard.

Structural work was carried out in the cemetery at the end of the 19th century and again about 60 years ago.

Church officials believe the remains of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840, might have been moved and never taken back to their original resting place.

The Vatican has not speculated about whose bones might have been recovered from the ossuaries on Saturday, saying only that they would now be analyzed to try to establish their identities.

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

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery 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. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); 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.

Vatican to open tombs in search for missing girl. Anonymous letter suggests Emanuela Orlandi could be buried at Vatican City cemetery; Amy Those inspections “have so far led to the identification of two ossuaries placed beneath the floor of an area inside the Pontifical Teutonic College,” Gisotti said.

VATICAN CITY, July 15 — The Vatican ’s attempts to help the family of an Italian teenager who went missing 36 years ago have merely deepened the mystery This weekend it announced it had found two ossuaries placed under a trapdoor inside the college. They will be opened Saturday by forensic

Amongst those present as the tiny manhole covers were removed was a representative of the Orlandi family.

Emanuela Orlandi disappeared in 1983 after she left her family's flat in the Vatican City and headed to a music lesson. She was 15 at the time.

Theories about her 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.

The Orlandi family received an anonymous letter earlier this year 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 Vatican has always denied suggestions it dragged its feet over the investigation.

"With this latest expert operation ... the Vatican is once again showing its openness toward the Orlandi family. This openness has been shown from the outset in agreeing to check the Holy Teutonic Campus even on the basis of a mere anonymous report," it said in a statement on Saturday.

(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Stephen Powell)

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