A geneticist hired by the family of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared in 1983 said on Saturday that an underground room near a Vatican cemetery contains thousands of "adult and non-adult" bones that seem to be missing Dozens of bones come from individuals.
The bones under the German College were uncovered when Vatican-hired experts began to catalog remains discovered nearby last week. "We did not expect such an enormous number," said the expert Giorgio Portera. "Thousands of bones have been found, that's what we're talking about, thousands of bones, I can not say if it's 1,000 or 2,000, but there are really many, and so we assume [there is] that the remains are there few dozen people. "
Many of the bones have been broken into fragments, said Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. It is unclear when the results of bone analysis would be available.
The authorities are again trying to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in 1983, the daughter of a lay Vatican official who disappeared at the age of 15. The home of her family in the Vatican City for a music lesson in Rome. Orlandi's family recently received an indication that the remains of the missing girl could be buried near the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses OF TEEN
However, when the investigators opened both tombs at the request of the family, they were they empty. This led to a new riddle where the dead princesses were.
Gisotti reported last week that the investigators had placed two legsticks – small chambers containing the bones of the dead – under a shaft of stone slabs inside the Germanic College itself. He added that the bones were found specifically in two holes carved out of a large stone covered by an old paving stone a few meters behind the princesses' graves.
The Vatican promised to continue the investigation, saying that all the bones in The Tombs may have been relocated during the 19th century and during the last decades during construction work on the college building and in a cemetery near St. Peter's Basilica.
When Gisotti was asked about Portera's commentary on the large number of bones, he e-mailed The Associated Press saying it was "absolutely normal for an ossuary to have more remains, especially one No surprise. "
Orlandi's case has captured Italy and thrown another cloud of secrets about the already-secret Vatican. Some have suggested that the girl was abducted in an unsuccessful ransom offer to gain the freedom for the Turkish shooter who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square in 1981.
The teenager's family has pressured the Vatican to open its archives looking for possible paper traces related to the case.
There have been no significant developments in this case for years. In 2012, the Italian forensic police exhumed the corpse of a suspected gangster from the crypt of a Roman basilica, hoping to find Orlandi's remains – but the search found no connection] Orlandi's sister Federica Orlandi said that learning the underground remnants cache was "obviously an emotional experience, because I think my sister's bones could be there, but I will not think about it until we get the result."
A The Saturday Vatican statement did not mention the number of remnants in the newly discovered room near the Germanic cemetery, but said the forensics would resume on July 27.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.