Emanuela Orlandi Biography
Emanuela Orlandi was a citizen of Vatican City who mysteriously disappeared on 22 June 1983. Sightings of Orlandi in various places have been reported over the years, even inside Vatican City, but all have been unreliable.
After a search of tombs ends in disappointment, will the 36-year-old puzzle of Emanuela Orlandi’s fate continue to embarrass the Vatican? https://t.co/KAUjKMfijO
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 11, 2019
Emanuela Orlandi Age
She was 15 years old when mysteriously disappeared.
Emanuela Orlandi Family
Emanuela was the fourth of five children of Ercole and Maria Orlandi (née Pezzano). Her father was an employee of the Vatican Bank. He and his family lived inside Vatican City.
Emanuela Orlandi Education
Orlandi was in her second year at a Liceo Scientifico (high school) in Rome. Although the school year had concluded, she continued to take flute lessons three times per week at the Tommaso Ludovico Da Victoria School, connected with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. She was also part of the choir of the church of Sant’Anna dei Palafrenieri in the Vatican.
Emanuela Orlandi Disappearance
Orlandi usually travelled by bus to the music school. She would get off the bus after a few stops and then walk 600 to 700 feet (180 to 210 metres). On 22 June 1983, Orlandi was late to class. She later explained her tardiness in a phone call to her sister, during which she said she had received a job offer from a representative of Avon Cosmetics. Her sister suggested she talk it over with their parents before making any decisions. Orlandi allegedly met with the Avon rep shortly before her music lesson. At the end of the lesson, Orlandi spoke of the job offer with a girlfriend, who then left the girl at a bus stop in the company of another girl. Orlandi was allegedly last seen getting into a large, dark-coloured BMW.
VIDEO: Not only was missing teenager Emanuela Orlandi’s body not found, the tombs did not even hold the skeletons of the two princesses supposed to be buried there https://t.co/ynUk5Pl3Ld pic.twitter.com/9TYuyXWIaB
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 11, 2019
Emanuela Orlandi Body Found? Latest News
Forensic experts have removed human remains from two secret underground rooms inside the Vatican in a bid to solve a 36-year-long ‘murder case’.
Two ossuaries within the walls of the Vatican were opened on Saturday as part of an investigation aimed at resolving the case of a girl who vanished in 1983.
“For the first time, the Vatican admits that there may be the possibility of eventual internal responsibility.”
Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi, says that recent events show the Vatican’s willingness to accept some responsibility in his sister’s disappearance. pic.twitter.com/1NfTCEzgoB
— euronews (@euronews) July 12, 2019
Following an anonymous tip-off, the Vatican earlier this month opened two tombs to see if the body of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican clerk, was hidden there.
The Orlandi family received an anonymous letter earlier this year saying Emanuela’s body might be hidden among the dead in the Teutonic Cemetery where a statue of an angel holding a book reads ‘Requiescat in Pace,’ Latin for ‘Rest in Peace’.
The Vatican has always denied suggestions that it has dragged its feet over the investigation.
‘With this latest expert operation … the Vatican is once again showing its openness towards the Orlandi family.
‘This openness has been shown from the outset in agreeing to check the Holy Teutonic Campus even on the basis of a mere anonymous report,’ it said in a statement on Saturday.
— Frances D’Emilio (@fdemilio) July 20, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Manuela Orlandi, 15, disappeared in 1983 on way to a music lesson in Vatican city
- A tip-off led investigators to open two Princesses coffins in a small graveyard, but experts did not recover any remains from the search
- The Vatican opened two other tombs in nearby Teutonic College – with two sets of bones extracted for identification
- The Catholic Church has fought back against claims they have dragged their feet in the search