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Vatican Girl: Pope urges investigation of 40-year-old mystery

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a schoolgirl who went missing in the Vatican 40 years ago took a new turn when Pope Francis gave a Vatican investigator full control to solve the case no matter what the outcome.

The girl’s brother met with the investigator this week to facilitate the investigation. On June 22, 1983, Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican usher who lived in the Vatican, did not return home after going to Rome for a music lesson.

Over the years, the investigation into her disappearance included the exhumation of bones from lost grave sites and the opening of tombs, but the mystery surrounding her disappearance has not yet been solved.

Premier Christian News reports:

The case, which has been the subject of on-and-off investigations in Italy and the Vatican, has drawn fresh worldwide attention following the release late last year of the Netflix series “Vatican Girl”.

In January, Vatican chief prosecutor Alessandro Diddi reopened a previous inconclusive Vatican investigation after he inherited files from his retired predecessor.

Emanuela’s older brother Pietro and the family lawyer, Laura Sgro, were meeting with Diddi in the Vatican on Tuesday afternoon.

In an interview in Corriere della Sera ahead of the meeting, Diddi said Pope Francis wants “the truth to emerge without any reservations”. He said the pope had an “iron will” regarding the case.

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