(CNN) — The Vatican has launched a new investigation into the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of one of its employees.
The case of Emanuela Orlandi has been the subject of intense public scrutiny in recent months, following the release of a Netflix documentary series titled “Vatican Girl” (Vatican Girl),
Orlandi, who was the daughter of a prominent Vatican employee and lived within the walls of the holy city, disappeared in the summer of 1983 on her way home from a music lesson in central Rome.
This Monday, the Vatican confirmed in a statement that Alessandro Didi, the procurator of Vatican Justice, would launch a new investigation into the case.
Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press Office, said the opening of the case was also “in response to the various requests made by the family.”
On June 22, 1983, Orlandi disappeared after a music school lesson near the Sant’Apollinare Opus Deum Catholic Church near Piazza Navona in Rome.
His father, Ercole Orlandi, who died in 2004, worked for the Institute for Religious Affairs of the Holy See. His mother, Maria Orlandi, still lives in the family apartment inside Vatican City. Her brother, Pietro Orlandi, has spent his entire life trying to find out what happened to his sister and has often blamed the Vatican for hiding information.
Launched last year, the four-part Netflix series from Mark Lewis debunked many of the most prominent conspiracy theories, including the idea that her kidnapping was linked to Mehmet Ali Agca, who was in prison at the time of the kidnapping attempt . Paul II in St Peter’s Square in 1981.
Orlandi’s disappearance has also been linked to the criminal gang Banda della Magliana, whose leader, Enrico de Pedis, was buried inside the church of Sant’Apollinare until the Vatican exhumed his bones in 2012 at the request of the girl’s family. Figured out what he thought. May be buried with him. Then, in 2012, the Vatican’s top exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, claimed that Orlandi had been abducted by Vatican police as part of a sex ring.
In 2018, human remains were found at the Holy See embassy in Italy, and were unsuccessfully tested to ascertain any DNA match with the missing girl.
A year later, the Vatican agreed to open the tombs of the two princesses buried in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College inside Vatican City. The princesses’ remains were not found in the tomb, nor Orlandi’s, but two ossuary were found under a secret door in the cemetery.
Lewis interviewed Orlandi’s mother and sisters, who had never been interviewed before, as well as the Italian police chief investigator at the time. It used the design of an old missing persons poster with Orlandi’s picture as the main advertisement for the series, bringing new attention to the case.
Orlandi’s brother, Pietro, confirmed to CNN that he had organized a sit-in in St. Peter’s Square on January 14 to celebrate his birthday. Lewis confirmed to CNN that many fans of the Netflix series are expected to attend.