Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Empty Vatican tombs add freaky twist to missing girl mystery - Italianmedia

Empty Vatican tombs add freaky twist to missing girl mystery - Italianmedia

The Vatican said in a statement that not only were Emanuela Orlandi's remains not found, the tombs did not even hold the remains of the two princessess supposed to be buried there in the Teutonic Cemetery in the tiny city state.

The opening of two tombs at the Teutonic Cemetery in relation to the investigations into the case of Emanuela Orlandi, Vatican City.

Members of their families, Orlandi's, and forensics scientists and Vatican police were all present as the tombs were unsealed.

By Linda BordoniThere are no human remains, no coffins, no urns and no bones in the two 19th century graves in the Teutonic Cemetery inside the Vatican where forensic experts were searching for the remains of Emanuela Orlandi. Because the family lived inside the Vatican walls, numerous rumors involve the Vatican itself: that she was murdered in connection to the Vatican bank scandals of the 1980s; that she was kidnapped to barter for the freedom of a man who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II; that she was kidnapped as part of a sex slavery ring inside the Vatican. They belong to Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklemburg, who died in 1840.

The daughter of an employee at the Vatican Bank, Orlandi disappeared while returning to her family home in Vatican City after a music lesson at the Basilica of S. Apollinare in Rome.

Pietro Orlandi said that in a certain sense that no bones were found was "personally a relief", since it would have been upsetting to view remains that might have been those of his sister. Inside it, no human remains were found.

"If Emanuela is dead and is buried there, it's right that what has been hidden for so many years comes to light", 60-year-old Pietro Orlandi, whose mother still lives within the Vatican walls, told AFP on Wednesday.

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"There was new cement on it, but we didn't know why or when, we were given no information", Sgro said. Scientific testing ruled out that the remains were Orlandi's.

Princess Sophie's tomb led to a mysterious empty underground room and no human remains were found in Princess Carlotta's tomb, officials said.

It said it would look into work done on the tombs in the 19th century, and again in the 1960s and 1970s, in a bid to find out what happened to them.

The opening of the graves was performed by the Vatican construction staff and overseen by a forensic anthropologist and his team, the Vatican gendarmerie, and by the Vatican tribunal's promoter of justice.

Vatican officials said they would go back to records to try and figure out what became of the princesses' remains.

A second, similar grave alongside the first was also opened to rule out any misunderstandings over which grave was meant. There was speculation that the youngster may have been buried alongside him - but DNA tests failed to find a match.

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