The discovery of two empty tombs in the Teutonic cemetery inside the Vatican walls, gives new impetus to the investigation of one of the most famous criminal cases involving the Italian and Vatican justice systems.
On June 22, 1983, fifteen-year-old Emmanuela Orlandi mysteriously disappeared in Rome on her way to her music lessons.
Because she is the daughter of an employee of the prefecture of the Pontifical House, and a citizen of the Holy See, the affair is making an unprecedented tour of the media and fascinates the Italians who are constructing the wildest theses, evoking the involvement of the mafia and even some Vatican officials.
In 2013, after his election, Pope Francis briefly met Pietro Orlandi, the missing girl’s brother, to whom he insistently declared two times, “Emmanuela is in Heaven.”
Five years later, in the summer of 2018, the Orlandi case took a turn worthy of one of the best Agatha Christie novels, when an anonymous letter sent to Emmanuela’s family told them to go to look for the remains of the young girl in the Teutonic cemetery, “where the angel is pointing.”
Now in this cemetery, there are two tombs each of which are surmounted by an angel waving, those of two princesses who died in the 19th century.
On the order of the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice, Gian Piero Milano, the two graves were opened on July 11, 2019, in the presence of an expert hired by the Orlandi family—but they were empty.
New investigations must now be conducted: when and why were the remains of the two princesses removed? For what reason did the anonymous letter of the summer of 2018 want someone to open precisely these two cenotaphs?
The mystery of the girl’s disappearance remains unsolved.