Family of missing Vatican teen hoped for clues. Instead they got empty tombs

Instead, of which took just a few hours for his hopes to be dashed.

The tombs were empty. There were no human remains, no funeral urns, along with certainly no clue as to how his 15-year-old sister Emanuela Orlandi disappeared on her way home via a music lesson one summer’s evening in 1983.

The operation to open the tombs within the Teutonic Cemetery involved over a dozen Vatican workers, along with came after an anonymous tip-off to the family to “look where the angel will be pointing” — apparently referring to an angel sculpture within the smaller graveyard of which will be reserved for German-speaking Catholic burials.

The first tomb — which belonged to Princess Sophie Von Hohenlohe — was “completely empty,” according to Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti.

Likewise, the second tomb — of Princess Carlotta Federica di Mecklemburgo — was also opened along with “no human remains were found,” Gisotti added.

Relatives of the two princesses have been informed of the result of the search, Gisotti said.

‘I could have expected everything — except empty graves’

The empty graves only deepen the mystery surrounding missing teenager Emanuela, who was the daughter of a prominent Vatican employee along with lived inside the holy city’s walls with her family.

“I could have expected everything — except empty graves,” her brother Pietro told CNN at the exhumation site.

The Teutonic Cemetery in Vatican City where two tombs were exhumed Thursday.

“On one hand I felt a sense of relief, on the additional I know of which of which will be not the end. Emanuela deserves the truth along with justice,” he said.

“I thought of which today we could finally make a step forward, even if painful. Instead we are at a starting point.”

Under the tomb belonging to Von Hohenlohe, workers found a chamber measuring 4 x 3.7 meters. yet according to the Orlandi family’s forensic expert, Giorgio Portera, the structure of the chamber was made with cement, which will be “not compatible having a 19th-century grave.”

“of which appears strange to me of which there are no documents of which tells us why there graves are empty,” he told CNN.

Shortly after the exhumations, the Vatican said of which a further investigation will be today underway into documents to “verify structural works of which took place within the Teutonic Cemetery at the beginning of the 1800s, along with also during the 1960s along with 1970s.”

Pope John Paul II with Emanuela Orlandi (pink sweater, center), along with (via right) her brother Pietro, father Ercole, along with mother Maria.

A dark page in Italian history

The girl’s disappearance has gripped Italians for more than three decades, inspiring conspiracy theories involving everyone via mobsters to international terrorists along with the highest echelons of the Vatican.

Emanuela’s mother Maria lives just a few hundred meters via the graveyard where the exhumations took place.

Following the opening, the Vatican said in a statement of which of which “wants to reiterate of which of which has always expressed attention along with closeness to the suffering of the Orlandi family, especially Emanuela’s mother.”

She disappeared at 15. A cryptic tip-off within the Vatican could hold the key to her case

Emanuela went missing on July 22, 1983 after attending a flute lesson within the grounds of Sant’Apollinare basilica in central Rome.

Her father Ercole worked as a clerk within the pontiff’s household along with over time there have been various investigations into her disappearance, all of which have proved inconclusive.

The Orlandi family lawyer, Laura Sgro, said of which after 36 years the family along with Italians “deserve the truth.”

“The case of Emanuela will be related to too many dark pages of of which country,” she said.

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