Disappearance of Mirella Gregori

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Mirella Gregori
Born
Mirella Gregori

(1967-10-07)October 7, 1967
DisappearedMay 7, 1983 (aged 15)
Rome, Italy
StatusMissing for 36 years, 8 months and 19 days
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)

Mirella Gregori (born October 7, 1967) mysteriously disappeared from Rome in May 1983, about 40 days before the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, a citizen of Vatican City. Both vanishings are unsolved as of today.

International events[edit]

Both the Gregori and the Orlandi cases led to the Grey Wolves, an extremist Turkish group,[1] claiming to be involved in the abductions and demanding the release of Mehmet Ali Ağca, the assassin who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square on May 13, 1981.[2] According to Mehmet Ali Ağca's autobiography, the two girls' disappearances as well as the disappearance of Soviet journalist Oleg G. Bitov from the Venice Film Festival on September 9 that same year are closely linked.[3]

Circumstances of disappearance[edit]

Gregori left her house telling her mother she "had a date" with a former schoolmate. She has not been seen since.

Suspects[edit]

During a visit of the Pope to a Rome parish, on December 15, 1985, Gregori's mother recognized a man in the papal escort as the person who often came to pick up her daughter at the house.[4] The man was identified as Raoul Bonarelli.[5][6]

Roman remains[edit]

Remains found in Rome in October 2018 were thought to possibly be those of Mirella or of Emanuela Orlandi.[7] Early reports said the remains could be those of a woman, but results of tests released on 1 February 2019 showed they were of an ancient Roman man who died between 190 and 230 AD.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hooper, John (April 14, 2012). "Mystery of the missing girl, the Vatican and gangster's burial". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  2. ^ Jones, Tobias (June 22, 2013). "Gone Girl". The Spectator. Retrieved 9 May 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Agca, Ali. Mi avevano promesso il paradiso: La mia vita e la verità sull'attentato al papa. Publisher GeMS (January 31, 2013), ISBN 978-88-6190-438-5
  4. ^ "Mirella Gregori". Studente − Italia. archivio900. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. ^ Nicotri, Pino (2013-01-13). "Emanuela Orlandi: Pietro contro Bonarelli, ex sicurezza del Vaticano". Blitz Quotidiano. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ Peronaci, Fabrizio. "Caso Orlandi, un'intercettazione riapre la vicenda di Mirella Gregori". Corriere Della Sera. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Vatican remains not those of two girls who disappeared in 1983". The Guardian. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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