Vatican bones 'too old' to be missing girl
By T.K. Randall
July 29, 2019 · 18 comments
The bones are thought to be too old to be those of Orlandi. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Alexander Z
Investigators in Rome are still struggling to determine what happened to missing teenager Emanuela Orlandi.
The 15-year-old, who disappeared on her way home from a music lesson in 1983, has recently been the subject of a renewed search effort centered around the Vatican's Teutonic cemetery.
Her family had received an anonymous letter suggesting that her remains may have been interred there within the vicinity of 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 they found no sign of any remains whatsoever.
It later emerged that the bones had been moved during structural work at the site.
Now following an analysis of the remains, investigators have revealed that the bones - which date back to the 19th Century - are in fact too old to be those of the missing girl.
Dissatisfied with this conclusion, a representative of the Orlandi family has since called for a more detailed analysis.
The Vatican police are now thought to be in the possession of the remains pending a court ruling.
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