At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

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She was last seen leaving a music class aged 15. The cemetery just behind St. Peter's Basilica is the final resting place of royals, cardinals, artists.

Officials have been left bewildered after opening two tombs at the Vatican to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 had been hidden in either and finding them both empty.

Not only were Emanuela Orlandi's remains not found, the tombs did not even hold the remains of the two princesses supposed to be buried there in the Teutonic Cemetery in the tiny city state, the Vatican said in a statement. Emanuela's father was a Vatican employee, and speculation regarding her disappearance and hypothetical ties with the Vatican have been rife for 36 years. Her disappearance was big news in Rome at the time, and it has remained a perplexing cold case ever since. Now it may have sparked a brand new mystery.

The tombs opened were those of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe, who died in 1836, and Duchess Charlotte Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who died in 1840.

The Vatican said it had informed the princesses' descendants that their remains were missing. "No human remains or funeral urns were found", the Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said.

A February 13, 2013 file photo shows the Teutonic Cemetery in the courtyard of the Collegio Teutonico, as seen from atop St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

"Careful inspection of the tomb of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe has unearthed a large underground compartment of about 4 meters by 3.7, completely empty", he said. "Subsequently, the opening of the second tomb-sarcophagus took place, that of Princess Carlotta Federica of Mecklemburg".

"The result of the search was negative".

"The tombs are empty. We are all amazed", Orlandi family lawyer Laura Sgro told reporters.

Searchers not only didn't find Emanuela's bones - unexpectedly, they found no remains at all. Scientific testing ruled out that the remains were Orlandi's. Another claim often repeated in the press was that she was abducted to force the release of Mehmet Ali Agca from prison, who was the Turk who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. His tomb was opened in 2012 but nothing was revealed. "Much depends on the environmental conditions, on the microclimate in which they are found, on the humidity, on the presence of infiltrations, on possible actions of microfauna".

Last summer, the family received yet another anonymous tip.

The Vatican had reopened the investigation into Orlandi's case in April.

The opening of the graves was performed by the Vatican construction staff and overseen by a forensic anthropologist and his team, the Vatican gendarmerie, and by the Vatican tribunal's promoter of justice.

Both graves were opened due to their proximity to one another and to "avoid possible misunderstandings about which grave is the indicated grave", a Vatican tribunal said. "The letter said: 'If you want to find Emanuela, search where the angel is looking'". There were renovations carried out in the cemetery at the end of the 1800's, and then again in the 1960s and 1970s.

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