Another twist emerged on Saturday in the puzzle surrounding the disappearance 35 years ago of Emanuela Orlandi, a Vatican employee’s 15-year-old daughter.
The Vatican confirmed that two sets of bones were found in two ossuaries discovered this week after excavators opened the nearby tombs of two 19th-century German princesses in a cemetery adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica.
Officials found that the tombs were empty, but the bones were found nearby.
Experts were searching for the remains of teenager Emanuela Orlandi, who failed to return home from a music lesson in Rome in 1983.
Her family received a tip that she might be buried in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College, but Vatican officials had said on Thursday that no remains were found.
Giving an update on Saturday, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said the bones were located in holes carved out of a large stone that was covered by an old pavement stone a few meters from the princesses’ tomb.