The Vatican will open two more ossuaries at the Teutonic Cemetery, continuing their investigation to help solve the case of a girl who disappeared in Rome.
On June 22nd, 1983 at the age of 15 Emanuela Orlandi was last seen taking the bus home from a music lesson in Rome before her mysterious disappearance. She was the daughter of a clerk of the Prefecture of the Papal Household and a citizen of Vatican City.
The unsolved case was the subject of extreme media attention in Italy, having been officially closed in 2016 with no more leads. However, last Friday the tombs of Princesses Sophie von Hohenlohe and Charlotte Federica at the Vatican Cemetery were opened after an anonymous call said they might provide insight into the case.
The two tombs were found empty, the remains moved as the result of renovations in the 60s and 70s that expanded the Pontifical Teutonic College. An investigation found two ossuaries hidden under trap doors nearby, which Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said were
“Immediately sealed for subsequent examination and detection of the bone materials lying therein.”
The two sets of bones could belong to the two princesses, but could also bring the search for Orlandi a step forward.
Gisotti said the Vatican has approved the tombs to be examined on July 20th, overseen by the rector of the Teutonic College along with Orlandi’s family, their lawyer, and a team led by a forensic anthropologist.