Human Remains Discovered on Vatican Property Spark New Interest in Cold Case Involving Disappeared 15-Year-Old Girl

Emanuela Orlandi, the teen daughter of a Vatican police officer, went missing June 22, 1983.

New interest is being sparked in two 35-year-old cold cases involving 15-year-old girls after human remains were discovered on Vatican property Monday.

Emanuela Orlandi, the teen daughter of a Vatican police officer, went missing June 22, 1983. She was on her way home from a music lesson as she seemingly disappeared, according to APTN.

After bones were discovered earlier this week in the Holy See, a Vatican-owned property in Rome, Italy, by builders renovating a room, Orlandi’s family is calling for a full investigation into the identity of the corpse and how they got there.

''We are asking Rome prosecutors and the Holy See by what means the bones were found and how their discovery was placed in relation to the disappearances of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori,” lawyer Laura Scro said in a statement on behalf of the Orlandi family.  

While the cases were never linked, Mirella Gregori, also 15, vanished just a month earlier than Orlandi around Rome. Her mom said she answered the intercom to their family’s apartment, stepped outside to speak to a school friend, and hasn't been seen since, Telegraph U.K. reported.

But the more high-profile case of the two was Orlandi’s. Over the years, her disappearance has been connected to many conspiracy theories, including the plot to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca and the financial scandal of the Vatican bank.

In 2012, the body of Enrico De Pedis, a top dog in Italian organized crime killed in 1990, was exhumed after it was believed Orlandi’s body might have been buried with his. DNA tests did not find a match.

Last year, a falsified report supposedly from inside the Vatican alleged that Orlandi was alive. The report suggested the Vatican was responsible for her disappearance and has been paying her expenses ever since.