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Mystery of missing girl at the Vatican deepens

Posted on Thursday, 11 July, 2019 | Comment icon 9 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 (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword on 11 July, 2019, 17:25
I'm going to guess the Vatican was paid handsomely to bury those two princesses.  If those families still exist they should get a refund with interest.  Too bad for the more contemporary case.  I can't imagine what it would be like to have your child just disappear.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 11 July, 2019, 19:07
Imagine all the crazy sh** that'd be uncovered if we all started digging (literally and figuratively) into the Vatican...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Not A Rockstar on 11 July, 2019, 20:59
Seriously, wtf??? Now we have three missing girls.... 
Comment icon #4 Posted by pixiii on 12 July, 2019, 6:06
In light of everything that's going on now, this springs many things to mind on what might've happened. The Vatican has a lot to answer for, but seems untouchable to a certain extent. Still, as mentioned prior, to have a child go missing without a trace and to have the fear of going to your grave without knowing what happened is one of a parent's worst nightmares. The Princesses, my goodness! Who knows what happened there. As someone said, the Vatican was most likely paid a lot of money to make it look like they were buried. I wonder what was happening in history at the time they supposedly di... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Alchopwn on 12 July, 2019, 8:59
It seems we need to find the Vatican's necro-files.
Comment icon #6 Posted by csspwns on 13 July, 2019, 3:40
It's a miracle. What else could it possibly be?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Manwon Lender on 13 July, 2019, 5:20
It really a shame the girls family has never gotten closure. As for the Princesses, who knows where they went and at this point at least for me it's just another Vatican Mystery. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by ScotDeerie on 14 July, 2019, 12:53
It's GIRLS, actually. Two went missing in the 80's. And apparently the Vatican is just a little den of disappearances and secretly buried bodies.  One was found last year.  "Italian Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, said that “everyone in the Vatican believes that the names Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori have nothing to do with the finding of the bones that took place under the pavement of the Apostolic Nunciature of Via Po in Rome.”
Comment icon #9 Posted by ScotDeerie on 14 July, 2019, 13:04
Oops. Looks like they found the princesses "nearby".  (That's their story and they're sticking to it.)

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