For the first time in nearly 40 years, the family of missing teenager Emanuela Orlandi seem to have a promising lead. The mysterious case has baffled police since 1983, but now an ominous tip-off may finally be pointing them in the right direction. And Emanuela’s relatives hold their breath as the Vatican workers prize open two ancient tombs. Perhaps no one could have predicted, though, what the group are about to find.
On June 22, 1983, after leaving a music class in the Italian city of Rome, Emanuela vanished without a trace. Since then, alleged sightings and ominous conspiracy theories have only fueled the mystery that surrounds the 15-year-old’s disappearance. But despite intense media coverage and tireless efforts from Emanuela’s family, no leads have ever provided a breakthrough – until now, it appears.
In the summer of 2018, you see, the Orlandi family received an anonymous message that seemed to hint at Emanuela’s whereabouts. The cryptic clue – which reportedly instructed the recipients to “look where the angel is pointing” – sounded like something from a Dan Brown novel. And ultimately the tip-off would lead investigators to the heart of a Vatican City cemetery – but would it hold the key to the mystery?