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Vatican experts examine bones in search for missing girl

Reanta Grattani, who claims to be a friend of the Orlandi family, center, holds a t-shirt with the pictures of Emanuela Orlandi and Pope Francis and a writing reading: I'm watching you from the sky, but you (referring to Pope Francis) please let them return my mortal remains to my mother, as she gathers with Cinzia Di Florio, left, holding a picture of Emanuela reading: Missing, and Sandro Masetti wearing a ti-shirt with a picture of Emanuela reading: The Truth will set you free, outside the Vatican, Saturday, July 20, 2019. The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old Emanuela Orlando, daughter of a Vatican employee, took yet another twist Saturday as the Vatican formally opened two ossuaries discovered under a stone slab. The boxes of bones were found after the Vatican opened the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College in hopes of finding the remains of Emanuela Orlandi. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

VATICAN CITY — Forensic experts have begun studying two sets of bones at a Vatican City cemetery where a missing teenage girl’s family was tipped to look for her.

A Holy See spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said on Saturday that the analyses are being done at the Pontifical Teutonic College, where the bones were found under a stone slab last week.

The missing girl, Emanuela Orlandi, vanished in 1983 at age 15 after she left her family’s apartment in Vatican City for a music lesson in Rome.

Her family’ lawyer received an anonymous tip that Emanuela might be buried near the 19th century tombs of two German princesses in the Teutonic College cemetery.

The tombs turned out to be empty, but the bones were found during a search of adjoining areas.

The Associated Press