36 years ago, 15-year old Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a prominent employee of the Vatican bank, vanished without a trace on her way home from flute lessons.
Conspiracy theories included everyone from mobsters to international terrorists and the highest levels of the Vatican being involved.
Then in March of this year, the family’s lawyer received an anonymous tip: a photo of an angel sculpture and an instruction to “look where the angel is pointing.”
That led the family to two tombs inside the Teutonic Cemetery in Vatican City.
Today (Thursday) Vatican officials opened two graves as part of an effort to solve the cold case.
Unfortunately the tombs did not contain the girl’s remains but the Vatican says a further investigation is still underway.