More bones found on Vatican’s land

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RELIGION - — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

VATICAN CITY — More bones were found on the grounds of the Vatican em­bassy in Italy, adding grisly new ev­i­dence to the grow­ing mys­tery over who was buried on Holy See ter­ri­tory — and why.

As po­lice re­turned to the com­pound Tues­day, coro­ner Gio­vanni Ar­cudi said pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tions of bones found last week in­di­cated they be­longed to a woman likely in her 30s, “not an ado­les­cent.”

The find­ing is sig­nif­i­cant since spec­u­la­tion has fo­cused on whether the bones were Emanuela Or­landi’s. She was the daugh­ter of a Vatican em­ployee who dis­ap­peared in 1983 at age 15.

De­spite the age of the bones, the Or­landi fam­ily lawyer, Laura Sgro, told the ANSA news agency her clients are wait­ing for DNA re­sults. Some have hy­poth­e­sized Emanuela wasn’t killed im­me­di­ately, but in­stead held for years against her will.

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