VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the physique of a woman lacking since 1983 was hidden there and bumped into a brand new thriller when nothing was discovered, not even the bones of two 19th century princesses presupposed to be buried there.
Specialists had been on the lookout for the stays of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican clerk who did not return house following a music lesson in Rome. Her disappearance has been the topic of untamed hypothesis within the Italian media for years.
Exhumation work started after a morning prayer within the Teutonic Cemetery, a burial floor simply contained in the Vatican partitions used over the centuries primarily for Church figures or members of noble households of German or Austrian origin.
Officers had been anticipating to seek out not less than the bones of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1840, however there was no hint of both.
“The results of the search was adverse. No human stays or funeral urns had been discovered,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti mentioned.
Gisotti mentioned the Vatican would now study data structural work executed within the cemetery on the finish of the 19th century and once more about 60 years in the past to see if they may shed any gentle on the brand new thriller.
Princess Sophie’s tomb led to a big empty underground room and no human stays had been present in Princess Carlotta’s tomb, he mentioned.
“They went down and located a room measuring four meters by three meters (13 ft by 10 ft), which was the primary shock …There was completely nothing inside,” Emanuela’s brother, Pietro Orlandi, instructed reporters outdoors the Vatican.
The 2 tombs had been opened within the presence of the Orlandi household and descendants of the princesses.
The Orlandi household had acquired an nameless letter saying Emanuela’s physique is likely to be hidden among the many useless within the Teutonic Cemetery the place a statue of an angel holding a e book reads “Requiescat in Tempo,” Latin for “Relaxation in Peace”.
Theories about Orlandi’s disappearance have run the gamut from an try and safe freedom for Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk jailed in 1981 for attempting to assassinate Pope John Paul II, to a connection to the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in a Rome basilica. His tomb was opened in 2012 however nothing was revealed.
Final 12 months, bones discovered throughout floor work on the Vatican embassy in Rome sparked a media frenzy suggesting they could belong to Orlandi or to Mirella Gregori, one other teenager who disappeared the identical 12 months. DNA checks turned out adverse.
Police in 1983 didn’t exclude the likelihood that Orlandi could have been kidnapped and killed for causes with no connection to the Vatican or been a sufferer of human trafficking.
Reporting by Philip Pullella; enhancing by Jason Neely