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Mystery of missing girl at the Vatican deepens

July 11, 2019 | Comment icon 18 comments



The Teutonic cemetery in Rome. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Alexander Z
Officials on the hunt for the remains of a missing girl in Rome have lifted the lid on an entirely new mystery.
The disappearance in 1983 of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi - the daughter of a Vatican clerk - has long remained one of Italy's most enduring missing persons cases.

The teenager had been on her way home from a music lesson when she vanished without a trace.

Despite an extensive and ongoing investigation spanning several decades, no conclusive explanation for what happened to her has ever been found.

Most recently, Emanuela's family received an anonymous letter suggesting that her remains may have been interred at the Vatican's Teutonic cemetery where there is a statue of an angel holding a book.
In light of this information, officials exhumed the graves of two princesses at the cemetery - Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe who had died in 1836 and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg who had died in 1840 - however to everyone's surprise the graves contained no remains whatsoever.

"The result of the search was negative," said a Vatican spokesman.

"No human remains or funeral urns were found."

Efforts are now underway to determine why the remains of the two princesses are missing.

Update: Vatican mystery: bones found in hunt for girl

Source: The Guardian | Comments (18)


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Comment icon #9 Posted by ScotDeerie 3 years ago
Oops. Looks like they found the princesses "nearby".  (That's their story and they're sticking to it.)    https://www.dw.com/en/vatican-missing-teenager-mystery-bones-found-after-all/a-49580352-0
Comment icon #10 Posted by Robotic Jew 3 years ago
The Pope obviously ate that girl. Evil weirdo.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
You may have a point there, paid big to bury them there. I wonder if they were catholic. just a thought.
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword 3 years ago
Yes.  All the royal European families are Catholic (except England since Henry the VIII) and non-Catholics are forbidden from being buried in a Catholic cemetery.
Comment icon #13 Posted by OverSword 3 years ago
Hmmmm…...
Comment icon #14 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
Right. That was the reason why I thought they may have taken the money and not befoul the burial ground. Just a thought. A bad one. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by docyabut2 3 years ago
if they cant find  the poor girl bones. she was properly sold in sex trafficking . 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
Probably they put aside the bone of the princess for a restoration of the bomb and forgotten to put them back...
Comment icon #17 Posted by ScotDeerie 3 years ago
Based on what?  Lots of Ted Bundy's victims (serial killer, USA) have never been found but there's no doubt they are dead. Ted didn't do sex trafficking.
Comment icon #18 Posted by ScotDeerie 3 years ago
They were just moved during a renovation. They found them. Mystery solved.


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