An anonymous reference to Orlandi's family led to the Vatican launching an investigation in the Germanic cemetery to determine if the daughter of a Vatican writer who mysteriously disappeared at the age of fifteen was buried there.
An analysis of "several hundred partially intact bone structures" and "thousands of fragments" uncovered during the search was conducted on July 27 and monitored by an expert appointed by the Orlandi family. The results showed, however, that "none of the remains could be dated later than the late 19th century," the Vatican News said.
It is another twist in history that began when Orlandi, who lived with her family within the walls of the holy city, disappeared in the summer of 1
The mystery of Orlandi's disappearance has been bothering Italians for more than three decades, inspiring conspiracy theories involving all, from gangsters to international terrorists, as well as the highest levels of the Vatican.
The Holy See confirmed that the cemetery's investigation was now completed to end its "desire for the truth about the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi" stress and deny that the "attitude of the Holy See to full cooperation and transparency in can not imply an implicit admission of responsibility ".
Vatican News reported that at the request of a lawyer for the Orlandi family, further laboratory testing of 70 bone fragments is ongoing.
The family had received a picture of a sculpture and an instruction to "look where the angel is pointing." This led them to the German cemetery, which is located next to St. Peter's Basilica and is usually reserved for burials of German-speaking Catholics.
CNN's Valentina DiDonato and Matthew Robinson contributed to the coverage.