Vatican hunt for Emanuela Orlandi uncovers two sets of bones

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

But the tombs turned out to be completely empty, creating yet another mystery over the whereabouts of the dead princesses.

The Vatican noted at the time that structural work had been carried out on both the college building and cemetery near St. Peter's Basilica in the 1800s and more recently, and that further investigation would be done. He said investigators had located two ossuaries, or sets of bones, under a stone slab manhole covering inside the Teutonic college itself.

Gisotti said the Office of the Promoter of Justice of the Court of Vatican City State has therefore ordered that these operations take place in the presence of experts of the Office and of people appointed by the Orlandi family, as well as specialized personnel of the Vatican Police Corps and the same workers who have been involved in the investigations until now. That area is now technically part of the building of the Teutonic College, after expansion work on the building encroached onto the cemetery field.

The last recorded structural work at the college and its cemetery was in the 1960s and 70s. Orlandi disappeared in 1983.

Orlandi vanished in 1983 after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome.

A brief statement issued by the interim director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on Saturday shone light on the continuation of operations in the Vatican's Teutonic Cemetery.

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Her case has been one of the enduring mysteries of the Vatican, kept alive by the Italian media and a quest by her brother to find answers and closure. Over the years, her disappearance has been linked to everything from the plot to kill St. John Paul II to the financial scandal of the Vatican bank and Rome's criminal underworld.

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

The discovery of the ossuaries belonging to a princess who died in 1836 and a duchess who died in 1840 is the latest twist as Vatican officials continue searching a centuries-old Teutonic cemetery in hopes of solving the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi 36 years ago. But forensic tests showed the bones long predated their disappearances.

The Vatican reported a new twist Saturday in the mysterious, decades-old disappearance of a teenage girl.

The document was purportedly written by a cardinal and listed supposed expenses used for Orlandi's upkeep after she disappeared.

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