Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens; two ossuaries found

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The mystery over the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee has taken yet another twist following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery.

The Vatican said yesterday it had discovered two ossuaries under a manhole that are now the subject of forensic investigation.

The Vatican on Thursday had pried open the tombs of two 19th-Century German princesses in hopes of finding the remains of Emanuela Orlandi after her family received a tip she might be buried there.

Those hopes were dashed when the tombs were completely empty.

The Vatican noted at the time that structural work had been carried out on the Teutonic cemetery near St Peter’s Basilica in the 1800s and more recently, and that further investigation would be done.

Pietro Orlandi (C), the brother or Emanuela Orlandi, a teenager who disappeared in 1983 in one of Italy’s darkest mysteries, and the family’s Italian lawyer, Laura Sgro (R) leave the Vatican after attending the opening of two tombs within the Vatican’s grounds in the Teutonic Cemetery. – AFP