Alessandro Diddi, the Vatican court’s chief prosecutor, said Pope Francis has provided him with unrestricted authorization to investigate Emanuela Orlandi’s disappearance.
After departing for a music lesson in Rome On June 22, 1983, Emanuela Orlandi, daughter of Ercole Orlandi, an official in the Prefecture of the Pontifical House and a Vatican City State citizen, went missing at the age of 15. Her case has attracted substantial attention and fueled various conjectures over the years.
He said the Pope is dedicated to full transparency and the pursuit of truth in an interview with Corriere Della Sera, an Italian newspaper. Diddi clarified that his investigation is confined to Vatican City State, and he must collaborate with Italian authorities for inquiries within Italy.
Diddi also met with with Piero Orlandi, the brother of Emanuela, and his attorney on April 11 to obtain any information he had that could help the case.
The October 2022 Netflix release of the true-crime docuseries “Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi” revived public interest in the case.
The series examines numerous unproven theories about Orlandi’s disappearance, ranging from her abduction by Turkish nationalist groups as leverage for the release of Mehmet Ali Ağca, the attempted assassin of Pope John Paul II, to the involvement of the Italian Mafia or a clergy member’s instructions. The Vatican denies any involvement in her disappearance.