Police in Italy are following a crucial new lead in the hunt for Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old girl who went missing after a flute lesson in Vatican City 26 years ago.
Detectives believe they have identified the voice of a man who called the missing girl’s family six days after she vanished. The case has given rise to many outlandish claims over the years. Theories abound as to who is responsible for her disappearance. Suspects include well-known mafia figures thought to have been blackmailing Vatican bank officials. Even the Turkish terrorist group the – Grey Wolves -accused of being behind the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II have been implicated amid reams of media speculation. The new lead is believed to have come from a woman who had close ties to Rome’s most powerful mafia clan of the time – known as La Bande de la Magliana.