September 27, 2020

The Vatican will open the tombs of two princesses to look for Emanuela Orlandi

The tombs of two German princesses who are in a cemetery inside the walls of the Vatican will be opened tomorrow to verify if they hide the rest of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a vaticano employee disappeared in 1983.

The Vatican prosecutor's office ordered the opening of the two tombs after the request of the Orlandi family, who has never surrendered in search of the young woman, whose disappearance is one of the great mysteries of the country.

The lawyer of the Orlandi family, Laura Sgrò, explained that last summer they received an anonymous letter with a photo of the grave with the phrase "Search where the angel indicates" and asked the Vatican Secretariat of State to authorize its opening.

The so-called "Angel's Tomb" will be opened, in which the Princess Sofia von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836 and the adjacent one, in which Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840, is buried.

The tombs are found in the Teutonic cemetery, within the Vatican walls, where once was the so-called Circus of Nero, place of martyrdom of many of the early Christians, and later became the property of a German foundation.

The person in charge of taking samples for the subsequent DNA examination, the professor of legal medicine at the University of Tor Vergata Giovanni Arcudi, explained to the Vatican information page that the skeletal remains will be examined "for their classification and dating and for all other diagnoses that can be made in forensic anthropology, to establish age, sex, height, etc. "

After this first examination, we could "exclude the hypothesis that bone remains belong to people other than the two who were buried there," he added.

But in the case that other human remains are found, he added, "the time of the operation would be extended and could be useful dental identification, the state of the teeth, from which you can trace until age."

Afterwards, the DNA test will be carried out "to reach certainty and exclude definitively and categorically that in the two tombs there is a remainder attributable to poor Emanuela".

"For the DNA test it may take 20 days, 30 days, and it may even be 60 days because sometimes you have to repeat the test," said the coroner.

The works will be carried out in the presence of the lawyers of the parties and the relatives of Orlandi and of the people buried in these tombs, and agents of the Vatican Gendarmerie.

The Orlandi case, the 15-year-old girl who disappeared on June 22, 1983, when she was leaving the music school of San Apolinar, in the center of Rome, but since then there has been no news about her whereabouts, has always been surrounded by mystery for the various theories of involvement from men of the Vatican Curia, the Magliana Band (the Rome mafia) or the attack on John Paul II by the Turkish Ali Agca.

The family has been trying for years to find clues of what happened and already in 2012 requested an investigation when unidentified bone remains were found next to the tomb in the Basilica of San Apolinar by Enrico De Pedis, head of the "Banda de la Magliana" , the mafia of Rome during the 70s and 80s.

Also recently the discovery of some bones in the basement of the nunciature (embassy) of the Holy See in Rome caused a return to talk about the case, but finally determined that the bones were prior to 1964, according to the Prosecutor's Office in Rome.

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