Italy EMANUELA ORLANDI: Missing from Rome, Italy - 22 June 1983 - Age 15

Emanuela Orlandi, Missing Since 22 June 1983 from Rome, Italy

Emanuela Orlandi
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: June 22, 1983
Location Last Seen: Rome, Italy


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Physical Description

Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

Date of Birth: January 14, 1968
Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
Race: Caucasian
Gender: Female
Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'5
Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Not available Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

Emanuela Orlandi disappeared on June 22, 1983 after 19:00 p.m. At the time of her disappearance Emanuela was 15 years old, went to a scientific high school and, in the afternoons, the Ludovico Da Victoria music school in Piazza Sant'Apollinare.

The afternoon of June 22, Emanuela arrived at her flute lesson late. Later, at 19.00 (7PM), she explained her lateness in a phone call to her sister, during which she said she had had a job offer from a representative of the Avon cosmetics company to promote the cosmetics on a fashion show. Her sister suggested that she talk it over with her parents before making any decisions. Emanuela allegedly met with the would-be representative shortly before her music lesson.

At the end of the lesson, Emanuela spoke of the matter also with her girlfriend who then left Emanuela at the bus stop, in the company of an unknown girl who has never been identified.

Someone supposedly saw her get into a large, dark-colored car. From that moment Emanuela vanished.

Her family immediately published notices in the newspapers. Anonymous callers to Italian media said they had kidnapped Emanuela and would free her if Italy released Mehmet Ali Agca, who is serving a life sentence for shooting the Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981. No links were however established by the police.

Emanuela has never been found.

Investigating Agency(s)If you have any information about this case please contact;
Agency Name: Questura di Roma, Ufficio Minori
Agency Contact Person: Unknown
Agency Phone Number: 39-06-46863214

E-Mail: sezioneminori@interno.it
NCMEC Case Number: ITRM00000008
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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Media - EMANUELA ORLANDI: Missing from Rome, Italy since 22 June 1983 - Age 15
 
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"We learn what is happening in the Vatican with the hope that the firm will of His Holiness to want to clean up against the 'cancer' of corruption may find new strength also in the sad story of Emanuela Orlandi. Besides the opening of the Teutonic tombs, in fact, much more, which remained unanswered, had been asked by the family from the Vatican magistracy, for a serious and shadowless investigation ". So to Adnkronos Laura Sgrò, lawyer of the family of Emanuela Orlandi , the Vatican citizen who disappeared in June 1983.
 

Emanuela Orlandi: Secret evidence implicates gang in disappearance of Vatican schoolgirl​

Secret evidence implicating members of an underworld gang in the kidnapping of a Vatican schoolgirl has raised fresh questions about a mystery that has embarrassed the Holy See for almost 40 years.

Emanuela Orlandi, then aged 15 and the daughter of a Vatican messenger, was on her way home from a flute lesson when she disappeared from a street in Rome on June 22, 1983.

Her fate became entangled in an international plot to blackmail the Vatican, with suggestions that she was being held by Turkish terrorists seeking the release of Mehmet Ali Agca, the gunman who had shot and wounded Pope John Paul II two years earlier.

Did underworld gang murder Vatican schoolgirl, 15, who vanished 40 years ago? Transcript reveals gang member CONFESSED to kidnapping teen 'in exchange for a Suzuki motorcycle'​

Newly published transcripts have offered new evidence in a mysterious Italian cold case today, implicating an underworld mob-boss in the disappearance of a Vatican schoolgirl almost 40 years ago.

Emanuela Orlandi was on her way home from a flute lesson in Rome when she disappeared near the city's Piazza Navonaon on June 22, 1983 - at the age of just 15.

The vanishing of Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, has horrified and intrigued Italians for decades. Theories around her disappearance have run rife - with some convinced the Holy See knows more about the case than it has revealed.

Some say it was an attempt to blackmail the Vatican to release Mehmet Ali Agca - a Turk jailed in 1981 for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

Another theory put forward in 2012 by an exorcist said she was kidnapped by a member of the Vatican police to be used as a sex slave and later murdered.

Others said there is a connection to the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in a Rome basilica who was a boss inside the Magliana Band criminal organisation.

Investigators looked into the possibility that she had been kidnapped by members of the Banda della Magliana (Magliana Band) in an attempt to recover money lost by crime groups when the Banco Ambrosiano, a Vatican-linked bank, collapsed.

In 1982 Roberto Calvi, the bank's chairman, was found hanging from scaffolding underneath London's Blackfriars Bridge.

Now, 39 years after Orlandi vanished, evidence linking De Pedis has emerged in testimony given in 2008 by a former mobster named Salvatore Sarnataro, who pointed the finger at his own son and De Pedis when speaking to police at the time.

Sarnataro said his son - Marco, a gang member - had confessed to taking part in an operation to follow and kidnap Orlandi on the orders of De Pedis - who in addition to being a crime boss was also a member of the Opus Dei.

According to Sarnataro, Marco was ordered by De Pedis to tail the teenager for days before he and two others took her in a BMW to Rome's Eur lakes district, before handing her off to another crime boss who took her away.
 

By Snejana Farberov
January 9, 2023 2:25pm

Vatican announced Monday that it has reopened the unsolved missing person case of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, whose mysterious disappearance in 1983 has given rise to a tangled web of conspiracy theories, some of them implicating the Holy See.

Pope Francis’s newly appointed head prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, will lead the probe into the cold-case mystery that has captivated Italy for the past 40 years.

As part of the renewed push to find out what happened to Orlandi, investigators will reexamine all the files, documents, reports and testimonies associated with the case, promising that it will be a “360-degree job” that will leave no stone unturned, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
 

By Snejana Farberov
January 9, 2023 2:25pm

Vatican announced Monday that it has reopened the unsolved missing person case of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, whose mysterious disappearance in 1983 has given rise to a tangled web of conspiracy theories, some of them implicating the Holy See.

Pope Francis’s newly appointed head prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, will lead the probe into the cold-case mystery that has captivated Italy for the past 40 years.

As part of the renewed push to find out what happened to Orlandi, investigators will reexamine all the files, documents, reports and testimonies associated with the case, promising that it will be a “360-degree job” that will leave no stone unturned, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
Wouldn't independent investigators be more reasonable?!
 

Jan. 10, 2023

ROME — Four decades after the daughter of a Vatican employee vanished from a street in Rome while walking home from a music lesson, a case that has spawned endless theories by a transfixed Italian public is getting a fresh look, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

The Vatican’s top prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, said his office would try to “give answers” to the family of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, who was last seen on June 22, 1983.

Although Emanuela’s survivors have pressed the Vatican for years for information, the prosecutor’s sudden decision to look into one of Italy’s most famous cold cases took them by surprise.

“You have to explain why the case was reopened now,” a lawyer for the family, Laura Sgro, said Tuesday. “We hope that the prosecutor’s will is effectively real and will come to something soon.”

Her last filing on the case, Ms. Sgro noted, was 2019. Then in late 2021, she followed up with a letter written to Pope Francis telling the pontiff that new information had emerged that the family hoped to share with the Vatican.

Francis urged her to contact the Vatican prosecutor “in the spirit of full cooperation,” but when she reached out to Mr. Diddi a year ago, she got no response, Ms. Sgro said.
 

BY AARON HOMER
UPDATED: MARCH 6, 2023 4:09 PM EST

Back in 1983, a teenage girl named Emanuela Orlandi disappeared from the streets of Rome after a music lesson and was never heard from again (via The Daily Beast). She was, at the time, one of few children and one of few females with Vatican citizenship (she was the daughter of a Vatican employee); had there not been a Vatican connection, her name might have simply been a forgotten entry in the list of Roman crime victims. But because she was affiliated with the Holy See, her story was and is quite salacious. And according to the new Netflix documentary "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi," she is the subject of speculation that the Vatican may have had something to do with it. Or perhaps she was kidnapped by a Turkish gang. Or maybe she was just the random victim of random Roman street crime, and possible connections to institutions larger and more powerful than herself are just coincidence and speculation.

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Lengthy article at link. ~Summer
 

April 11, 202310:53 AM EDT
By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, April 11 (Reuters) - One of Italy's most enduring mysteries - the disappearance of a Vatican schoolgirl 40 years ago - entered a new chapter on Tuesday when her brother met with a Vatican investigator whom Pope Francis has given free rein to get to the bottom of the case wherever it may lead.

Over the past four decades tombs have been opened, bones have been exhumed from forgotten grave sites and conspiracy theories have abounded in attempts to determine just what became of Emanuela Orlandi.

The daughter of a Vatican usher whose family lived in the Vatican, Orlandi, then 15, failed to return home on June 22, 1983 following a music lesson in Rome.

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.
 

By Associated Press
April 16, 2023 12:36pm

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday publicly defended St. John Paul II, condemning as “offensive and baseless” insinuations that recently surfaced about the late pontiff.

In remarks to tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was aiming to interpret the feelings of the faithful worldwide by expressing gratitude to the Polish pontiff’s memory.

Days earlier, the Vatican’s media apparatus had described as “slanderous” an audiotape from a purported Roman mobster who insinuated that John Paul would go out looking for underage girls to molest.

The tape was played on an Italian TV program by Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee who lived at the Vatican. The disappearance of the 15-year-old in 1983 is an enduring mystery that has spawned countless theories and so far fruitless investigations in the decades since.
 

By Associated Press
April 16, 2023 12:36pm

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday publicly defended St. John Paul II, condemning as “offensive and baseless” insinuations that recently surfaced about the late pontiff.

In remarks to tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said he was aiming to interpret the feelings of the faithful worldwide by expressing gratitude to the Polish pontiff’s memory.

Days earlier, the Vatican’s media apparatus had described as “slanderous” an audiotape from a purported Roman mobster who insinuated that John Paul would go out looking for underage girls to molest.

The tape was played on an Italian TV program by Pietro Orlandi, brother of Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee who lived at the Vatican. The disappearance of the 15-year-old in 1983 is an enduring mystery that has spawned countless theories and so far fruitless investigations in the decades since.
Totally without merit or is it a case of where there's smoke there's fire....?

Haven't read at the link, I suppose I should before commenting further.
 

Angela Giuffrida in Rome
Sun 28 May 2023 03.00 EDT

Not long before she disappeared in the summer of 1983, Emanuela Orlandi went to Piazza del Catalone, a small square just outside of the Vatican walls, to meet friends.

There was still a party vibe during that sweltering June just a few weeks after AS Roma clinched the Serie A title. In a photograph taken at the time Orlandi, who was then 15, is wearing a headband in yellow and red, the football team’s colours, that her mother had made. It was one of the last photographs taken of the teenager before she vanished without trace on 22 June 1983, an image that has come to define the campaign of her older brother Pietro Orlandi’s unrelenting search for the truth.

“Emanuela was always here with friends,” he said in an interview with the Observer in Piazza del Catalone. “They were still celebrating; it was the last photo taken of her smiling.”

The disappearance of Emanuela – who has not been seen by her family since leaving her home within Vatican City, where her father was a lay employee in the papal household, for a flute lesson in Rome – has gripped Italy for four decades. But it was only in January this year that the powerful and inscrutable Holy See began its own investigation, with its promoter of justice, Alessandro Diddi, promising to leave no stone unturned in a mystery that has produced many theories, some of them outlandish, but no concrete facts. Prosecutors in Rome began collaborating with the Vatican on the probe this month.

“For 40 years there has never been a collaboration between the two,” said Orlandi, who recently caused controversy after insinuating that the much-revered Pope John Paul II might have been involved in his younger sister’s disappearance. “Until a few years ago the Vatican said it knew nothing, that she disappeared in Italy and so it needed to be investigated there. On the other hand, I’m told Rome has lots of documents. For all these years the Vatican has stayed silent – maybe this means someone there has proof of what happened.”

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Lengthy article at link. ~Summer
 

ByNICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press
June 22, 2023, 6:03 AM

ROME -- Exactly 40 years after the teenage daughter of a Vatican employee disappeared, the Vatican said Thursday that new leads “worthy of further investigation” had surfaced hopes of finally getting to the bottom of one of the Holy See’s enduring mysteries.

Emanuela Orlandi vanished June 22, 1983, after leaving her family’s Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome. Her father was a lay employee of the Holy See. Over the years, her disappearance has been linked to everything from the plot to kill St. John Paul II, a financial scandal involving the Vatican bank and Rome’s criminal underworld.

The Vatican's criminal prosecutor, Alessandro Diddi, said Thursday he had recently forwarded to prosecutors in Rome all the relevant evidence he had gathered in the six months since he reopened the investigation into Orlandi's disappearance. In a statement, he vowed to keep pursuing the case.
 

VATICAN CITY (VATICAN CITY)
Catholic News Agency - EWTN [Denver CO]
November 10, 2023
By Courtney Mares

The Italian Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to launch a new parliamentary inquiry into the 40-year-old cold case of the disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, who lived in Vatican City, as well as another girl who went missing in Rome the month prior.

The four-year parliamentary commission will have “full investigative powers” and a budget of 50,000 euros per year to shed light on the 1983 disappearance of the two girls.

The Italian government inquiry comes after a separate Vatican investigation into the Orlandi case opened in January and shared its findings six months later with Rome prosecutors, who have been further investigating the cold case.

Emanuela Orlandi was the teenage daughter of Ercole Orlandi, an envoy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household and a citizen of Vatican City State. Her disappearance on June 22, 1983, after leaving for a music lesson in Rome has dominated headlines in Italy and been the subject of speculation for decades.

In addition to Orlandi, the newly established Italian commission will also look into the case of 15-year-old Mirella Gregori, who went missing in Rome on May 7, 1983, roughly 40 days before Orlandi.

Gregori was last seen after school at a coffee bar located below her family’s apartment in central Rome. She had told her mother that she was going to quickly meet a friend named Alessandro and never returned.

While Gregori had no connection to the Vatican, her case has been linked to that of the missing “Vatican Girl” after calls from alleged kidnappers in 1983 claimed that they had taken both girls.

The commission is tasked with examining the evidence from prior investigations into the two girls’ disappearance, obtaining necessary further documentation from foreign states related to the case and analyzing what might have hindered Italy’s judicial system from “ascertaining facts and responsibility” in past years. A total of 40 commissioners are expected to be nominated by the end of this year.

During the Vatican investigation into the case earlier this year, Vatican City’s chief prosecutor Alessandro Diddi conducted interviews with people who worked at the Vatican at the time of Orlandi’s disappearance and said that he had collected “all available evidence.”

The Vatican said in January the Orlandi case was being reopened at the request of the family.https://501f0fd8709d112efa0895b60617b4a8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html

Public interest in the case was also rekindled last year after the release of “Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi” on Netflix.

The true-crime docuseries featured interviews with subjects who proffered numerous theories about Orlandi’s disappearance ranging from the involvement of Italian organized crime to a theory that the Vatican was involved in some way in Orlandi’s disappearance, none of which have been substantiated.

Pietro Orlandi, the brother of the missing girl, told FQ Magazine that he is hopeful that “this commission will be able to help us understand situations that neither the Vatican nor the Italian Prosecutor’s Office are investigating.”
 

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