Vatican Opens 2 Tombs in Hunt for Long-Missing Teen - Page 2

Remains of Emanuela Orlandi aren't there, and neither are those of original bodies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2019 10:45 AM CDT

  • Zilch: "They found nothing, not even the remains of those who were meant to officially be buried there," says Emanuela's brother, Pietro. "I am relieved by it." Family lawyer Laura Sgro notes that Emanuela's mother still lives in Vatican City, near the cemetery, and it would have been crushing to know Emanuela had been so close all this time.
  • New mystery: So where are the princesses? The Vatican has no idea but is investigating, reports CBS News. One theory is that their remains were removed in long-ago renovations. Attorney Sgro, however, wonders if something happened more recently, based on what family members saw after initially getting the letter. "The tomb had obviously been recently opened, there was new cement on it, but we didn't know why or when, we were given no information," she tells CBS.
  • Theories: Over the years, Emanuela's disappearance has been linked to some wild conspiracy theories, notes the New York Times. Those involve the KGB, the Sicilian Mafia, a Vatican bank scandal—because her father was a bank employee—and even a plot to win the freedom of a Turkish man jailed for trying to assassinate John Paul II. But police can't even confirm that she was kidnapped or killed.
  • Wrenching memory: Brother Pietro recalls the day she died. "We had a fight, because she had a music lesson," he says, per the BBC. "It was really hot, and I refused to go with her because I had something else going on. So she slammed the door and left, and that's the memory I have." He adds: "I've often thought, what if I had actually gone with her?"
(Incredibly, this isn't the first time a tomb has been searched to find Emanuela. In 2012, authorities opened the grave of a notorious Italian mobster.)

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