Human remains found at Vatican’s diplomatic office in Rome

Erika Holt
November 1, 2018

Mr Orlandi said in June: "A few days after Emanuela disappeared, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Morandini told my dad that the State was concerned about the incident, and that it was suggested to plug the leak before it was too late".

The Vatican said human bone fragments were found this week during renovations of a room annexed to the embassy, and that Italian forensic experts had been activated by prosecutors to determine the age and gender of the body and the date of death.

The human remains, consisting of bone fragments, were discovered in a house in Rome and could bring an end to a dark investigation into missing girls Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori, who vanished without a trace in 1983.

The Vatican statement made no mention of Ms Orlandi upon the discovery of the remains.

In particular, detectives will be checking whether the bones are a DNA match for the two 15-year-olds, who went missing separately in Rome within a space of 40 days.

Orlandi's brother Pietro has been leading a decades-long campaign to find out what happened and has even accused the Vatican of complicity in the case, The Guardian reported.

The Vatican said the document was a fake but never explained what it was doing in one of their cabinets.

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Over the years, theories have linked her disappearance to everything from a plot to kill St. John Paul II to the financial scandal of the Vatican Bank and to Rome's criminal underworld.

She answered the intercom at her family's apartment and told her parents it was a schoolfriend.

"The Orlandi family is hoping that this investigation will bring the truth to light".

The Vatican has said on several occasions that it has cooperated with Italian police in the case. It has evolved into the Vatican's civil police force, responsible for investigating and preventing crime in the city state.

Since that disappearance, there have been attempts to link the case to a variety of narratives.

In 2005, an anonymous caller to a TV talk show said that the secret to her disappearance was buried with Enrico "Renatino" De Pedis, a mobster who once led the feared Magliana gang that terrorised Rome in the 1980s.

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