Human remains found at Vatican property could crack 1983 mystery disappearances

Elias Hubbard
October 31, 2018

A 35-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of a 15-year-old Italian girl and the daughter of a Holy See employee has been thrust into the spotlight once again after the discovery of human remains at a Vatican property. Her father was an employee of the Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican Bank.

Human bones found during the renovation of a Vatican building have been linked to a teenage girl who disappeared in 1983.

The statement said chief prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone was heading the investigation.

Laura Sgro, a lawyer for the family of Emanuela Orlandi, said Wednesday that the Vatican statement disclosing the discovery "provides little information".

Ms Orlandi's fate is one of the biggest mysteries in modern Italian history.

The last major twist in the case came in 2012, when forensic police exhumed the body of a reputed mobster from the crypt of a Roman basilica in hopes of finding Orlandi's remains as well.

Alternative theories suggest she had been kidnapped as leverage to negotiate the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981.

The 15-year-old was last seen June 22, 1983 leaving her music lesson in Rome.

Orlandi's brother, Pietro, has led a decades-long campaign for justice, going as far as accusing the Vatican of complicity in his sister's murder.

The Vatican has said on several occasions that it has cooperated with Italian police over the case.

Investigators have not ruled out that the disappearance of Orlandi and Gregori could be connected.

The Vatican said it was a fake, but did not explain what it was doing in the Vatican cabinet. The document seemed to be written by a cardinal and listed supposed expenses for Orlandi's upkeep after she vanished.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER