Genetic expert Giorgio Portera said he observed thousands of bones from dozens of individuals, both adults, and children, in ossuaries of the Vatican.(Thousands of human bones found in the Vatican)
They were found thanks to inspections in the Teutonic College area, initiated after the Vatican Prosecutor’s Office opened the empty graves of two German princesses.
A group of forensic experts inspected on July 20 two underground ossuaries in the Vatican Teutonic Cemetery as part of the investigation of the case of Emanuela Orlandi, daughter of a Vatican employee mysteriously disappeared in 1983 at the age of 15, reports the official newspaper of The Holy See, Vatican News.
Genetic expert Giorgio Portera, who participated in the operation on behalf of the Orlandi family, told AP that he observed thousands of bones from dozens of individuals, both adults, and children.
“We want to know why and how ” the remains came there, said the specialist, confessing that “we did not expect [to find] such a huge number.“(Thousands of human bones found in the Vatican)
The remains found in the graves were removed and subjected to an initial evaluation. At the moment, it is not possible to predict how long the morphological analysis of the bones will take, said Holy See spokesman Alessandro Gisotti.
The underground ossuaries were found thanks to inspections in the area of the Teutonic College (where the homonymous cemetery is located), initiated after the Vatican Prosecutor’s Office opened the graves of two German princesses – Sophie von Hohenlohe and Charlotte Federica de Mecklenburg, killed in the first half of the 19th century—, in response to an anonymous letter received last summer with a photo of the grave and the phrase “Search where the angel indicates,” but found no skeleton.
The Orlandi case(Thousands of human bones found in the Vatican)
The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi constitutes one of the most mysterious cases in Italy. Since he disappeared without a trace on June 22, 1983, at the end of his music classes at the Vatican, the research has been virtually incessant.
Conjectures have also been frequent. His disappearance came to be attributed to kidnapping by the mafia, as a measure of pressure to recover a loan that would have been made to the Holy See. Other sources claimed that the child would have been kidnapped to demand the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turk who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981.
The family of the disappeared, and especially his brother Pietro, usually critical of the limited collaboration of the Vatican in the case, continue tirelessly seeking Emanuela and demanding justice. “My duty is to seek the truth,” he said on July 11.