Missing girl's family presses Vatican about found bones

Missing girl's family presses Vatican about found bones

The Orlandi case is reportedly linked to unknown persons' efforts to win freedom for Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

"We will ask Rome prosecutors and the Holy See how the bones were found and why their discovery has been linked to the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi or Mirella Gregori", the Orlandi's family lawyer, Laura Sgro, told the media.

There's even speculation that they both may have been buried there as investigators look at comparing skull and teeth fragments with the DNA of the two teenage girls.

The discovery of human bones at a property next to the Vatican's embassy to Italy has renewed hope of solving a 35-year-old disappearance, which some claim involves the Vatican itself.

She answered the intercom at her family's apartment and told her parents it was a schoolfriend.

The Vatican said the document was a fake but never explained what it was doing in one of their cabinets.

The Vatican said merely that the bones were found during work near its Rome embassy in the upscale residential neighborhood of Parioli.

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Orlandi's brother, Pietro, has led a decades-long campaign for justice, going as far as accusing the Vatican of complicity in his sister's murder.

The statement said chief prosecutor Giuseppe Pignatone was heading the investigation.

Pope Francis passes past people holding pictures of missing person Emanuela Orlandi as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly general audience at the Vatican, on November 20, 2013. It has evolved into the Vatican's civil police force, responsible for investigating and preventing crime in the city state.

Police eventually opened his tomb in a Rome basilica in 2012 looking for clues but came up empty handed.

More recently, a leading Italian investigative journalist caused a sensation when he published a five-page document previous year that had been stolen from a locked Vatican cabinet that suggested the Holy See had been involved in Orlandi's disappearance.

The Vatican has said on several occasions that it has cooperated with Italian police in the case.

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