Forty years later, hope is reborn. According to information from the British newspaper The Guardian, the Vatican has announced the reopening of the investigation into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, nicknamed the disappeared from the Vatican. Aged 15, Orlandi vanished on June 22, 1983 in Rome as she was returning from her flute lesson. At the time, his disappearance gave rise to many theories. The police had notably suspected a gang of having kidnapped her to negotiate the release of Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish extremist militant who attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II. The track of a financial scandal around the Vatican and that of a sexual traffic carried out by the police of the Holy See had also been studied, but none of these hypotheses could ever be verified.
Forty years later, Emanuela’s family still hopes to find his trace. It was his older brother Pietro who insisted with the police to obtain the reopening of the investigation. “We learned the news in the media,” reacted the lawyer for the Orlandi family, Maître Laura Sgrò, to the Guardian. (…) We are of course happy that they are relaunching an investigation but we really hope that it will give us concrete answers.
“All files, documents, reports and testimonies” combed through
According to the Adnkronos news agency, “all files, documents, reports and testimonies” in connection with the case will be re-examined to “leave nothing to chance”. The investigation will focus in particular on the disappearance of Mirella Gregori, another 15-year-old girl who disappeared in Rome a few weeks before Emanuela Orlandi. The police hope to find a possible connection between the two cases.
The announcement of the reopening of the Orlandi investigation comes a few weeks after the release of the Netflix documentary Vatican Girl, a four-part series chronicling the entire investigation.
Emanuela Orlandi © DR