More recently, a leading Italian investigative journalist caused a sensation when he published a five-page document last year that had been stolen from a locked Vatican cabinet that suggested the Holy See had been involved in Orlandi's disappearance.
But Italian media have already been speculating on the grisly discovery, suggesting the bones could be linked to the disappearance of two 15-year-old girls in the early 1980s, which may have been linked to the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981.
The Vatican statement didn't mention the girl, Emanuela Orlandi, but Italian media immediately linked her unsolved disappearance to the discovery of the bones.
Human remains at Vatican property could hold clue to 1983 mystery
Human remains found in Vatican embassy may shed light on decades-old mystery
The Vatican said merely that the bones were found during work near its Rome embassy in the upscale residential neighborhood of Parioli.
Human bones have been found during renovation work near the Vatican's Embassy to Italy, reviving talk about one of the Holy See's most enduring mysteries — the fate of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983.
There have been numerous reported sightings or Orlandi since her disappearance—including within the Vatican—but none have proven reliable.
Orlandi’s brother Pietro has been leading a decades-long campaign to find out what happened and has even accused the Vatican of complicity in the case, The Guardian reported.
Police in Italy are investigating a grim discovery that may be tied to a decades-old mystery. Human remains were found at a building next to the Vatican embassy building in Rome. Investigators will try to figure out if they belong to a teenage girl who vanished in the 1980s.
While experts are still working to determine the age, gender and date of death of the remains, detectives will be looking in particular at whether they are a DNA match for Emanuela Orlandi — the daughter of a Holy See employee at the center of one of Italy’s darkest mysteries.
Over the years, theories have linked her disappearance to everything from a plot to kill St. John Paul II to the financial scandal of the Vatican Bank and to Rome’s criminal underworld.
#بقايا_جثه_سفاره_الفاتيكان It is unbelievable and shameful to discover the remains of a human body at the Vatican embassy waiting to investigate and reveal the truth! @CNBc @Bloomberg @Washingtonpost @IgnatiusPost @Nytimes @Msnbc @Maddow @Cnn @Tomfriedman
The Vatican said the document was a fake but never explained what it was doing in one of their cabinets.
Human remains found during renovation work at the Vaticans embassy in Rome; its unknown who they belong to - REU
Human remains uncovered at a Vatican City embassy in Rome during construction may hold the key to a 35-year-old missing persons case, Italian media sources have suggested.
Italian police investigate human remains found at Vaticans Rome embassy
Human remains found at Vatican embassy in Rome could solve 35-year-old mystery
In 2005, an anonymous tipster told an Italian talk show that vital clues to Orlandi's disappearance had been buried with infamous gangster Enrico “Renatino” De Pedis, who headed the Banda della Magliana gang prominent in the Italian capital in the 1980s.
In the latest twist in a case that has bedeviled investigators for 35 years, the Vatican on Tuesday said Rome's chief prosecutor had been called in and forensic investigators are working to determine the age and gender of the bones as well as the date of death.