(News.com) The Vatican has found suspected human remains near a site where an Italian family was told to look for the body of their daughter, 15, who has been missing for 36 years.

Fox News reports that two sets of bones were found near the tombs of two 19th-century German princesses, raising hopes that they could be the remains of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee, a Vatican official said.

Her family’s hopes of finding her were dashed last week when the tombs were opened and found to be empty.

But the mystery flared again when staffers found bones while they were inspecting other spots the princesses may have been moved to in the cemetery of the Pontifical Teutonic College, Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said.

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