Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican official, was 15 years old when she disappeared in 1983.
Speculation About Involvement Of The Vatican
Despite years of seeking answers, her family remain puzzled. And her body has still not been found. Theories have been suggested as to what happened to Emanuela.
Some speculate that the Catholic Church, the Mafia, or a Turkish fascist faction were to blame. After attending a music lesson in Rome, Emanuela disappeared without a trace.
Her family has tried, in vain, to find her. Recently, new evidence has come to light, and interest in the case has been rekindled.
In 2019, bones were discovered in Vatican City and it was thought that they may belong Orlandi. After decades, investigators had renewed hope of solving the mystery.
Sadly, this was not to be. However, the family of Emanuela has never given up the search. Her brother, Pietro, spoke about their home in the Vatican.
“We thought we were in the safest place in the world.” Nothing could have been further from the truth. Their father had been a high-ranking Vatican official, and they live in the close community of Vatican City.
On June 22, 1983, after attending her regular flute lesson at a nearby music school, Orlandi disappeared. Between the music school and her home, she vanished into thin air. Her sister was the last person she spoke to.
Emanuela Orlandi was pronounced a missing person the following day and an investigation began. The police received many tip-offs, but two pointers seemed worthwhile pursuing.
She Said She Was Running Away From Home
One of the callers, Pierluigi, seemed authentic because he gave the police detailed information. He spoke of her flute and described her clothing in detail. It appeared that he was telling the truth.
He claimed that Orlandi had said her name was Barbarella, and she had told him she was running away from home. Her sister verified the part of the story where Orlandi said that she was going to sell Avon products.
On 28 June, another caller informed the police that he had met a young woman called Barbara in a bar near the music school. According to him, she said that she was running away from home.