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Emanuela Orlandi's remains not found in Vatican cemetery

A new chapter in the case of Emanuela Orlandi, who disappeared in 1983 when she was only 15, closed unsuccessfully.

More than 3 decades have passed, and her family has not stopped searching for her. The last clue about her possible whereabouts led them here, to the Vatican's Teutonic Cemetery. They received an anonymous message that the girl's remains were in one of the tombs. 

The Holy See agreed to have its contents examined, but the investigation took longer than expected. They found nothing inside the tombs.


I have it.

One... lift it!

A sewer!

A sewer that is still in use.

So the researchers set to work again. 

Now to ensure maximum transparency (...) we have sealed everything.

The Vatican had to examine the archives of the Teutonic Cemetery. Subsequently, they discovered that the remains of the tombs had been moved about 50 years ago to the building that had been built next to the cemetery.  

Over two weekends, the researchers examined hundreds of bone fragments.

Wait, wait. Get off... We pick it up between the two of us. Ready? Let's go!

The result of their work is that all the bones studied were dating back to before the twentieth century, thus making it impossible that they belong to Emanuela. Her whereabouts are still unknown.

The Orlandi case is one of the most publicized and in recent months, the Vatican has allowed it to be investigated in its territory on 2 occasions.

In addition to studying the remains of the Teutonic Cemetery, in October 2018 the age of other bones discovered in the Vatican's nunciature to Italy were examined. The result was the same: negative. In this case the bones were from a tomb dating back to the 2nd or 3rd century.