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Vatican Opens 2 Tombs in Hunt for Long-Missing Teen

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
An undated picture of Italian teenager Emanuela Orlandi, possibly kidnapped after a music lesson in Rome on June 22, 1983.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Emanuela Orlandi is still missing—and now two long-dead princesses are, too. Emanuela was an Italian teenager who disappeared more than 30 years ago, and the Vatican on Thursday opened two 19th-century tombs after the family got a tip she might be buried in one of them. They found nothing, however, reports Reuters. As in, they didn't find the remains of Emanuela, but nor did they find the remains of either princess. Details and background of the unusual case:

  • Disappearance: Emanuela, 15, lived in Vatican City because her father was an employee there. On June 22, 1983, she went into central Rome for a flute lesson and was last seen at a bus stop after the lesson ended, reports CBS News. Her disappearance was big news in Rome at the time, and it has remained a perplexing cold case ever since.
  • Cryptic letter: Last summer, the family received a letter saying, "If you want to find Emanuela, search where the angel looks," reports NBC News. It included a photo of an angel in Vatican City's tiny Teutonic Cemetery. The Vatican agreed to open two tombs near the angel, that of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Charlotte Frederica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840.

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