Forensic experts have unearthed thousands of bones after opening up two ossuaries which were discovered in the Vatican city.

The discovery was made on Saturday during part of an ongoing search for the remains of of an Italian teen who went missing in 1983

This is not the first time unidentified human remains have been discovered at the Vatican.

RT reports: Forensic workers extracted thousands of bones from the burial chambers that are believed to belong to dozens of people on Saturday. The Vatican did not speculate about who the bones may belong to, but a representative for the family of Emanuela Orlandi was present when the extraction took place.

The bones will now undergo DNA testing to establish their identities, and a Vatican representative said it’s impossible to predict how long the analysis will take. However, as Emanuela Orlandi’s brother pointed out, if there are any “recent bones” among the find, “it will be a problem for the Vatican.” 

The search for the daughter of a Vatican clerk who went missing 36 years ago has been fraught with peculiar twists and turns. The latest taking place on July 11 when an anonymous tip-off sparked a search of tombs where two 19th century princesses were believed to be buried.

However, the tombs were found to be completely empty, with no bones from either Orlandi nor the two princesses, who died in the mid-1800s.

Last week, Vatican officials announced that records show construction work carried out on the cemetery at the end of the 19th century and again about 60 years ago, might have led to the princesses’ bones being moved to the ossuaries located under a trapdoor of the Pontifical Teutonic College, which flanks the graveyard.

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