Ylenia Maria Sole Carrisi
November 29, 1970
|Disappeared||January 6, 1994 (aged 23)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Status||Missing for 25 years, 3 months and 17 days|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Ylenia Maria Sole Carrisi (born November 29, 1970 – missing since January 6, 1994) was the eldest daughter of Italian singers and actors Albano Carrisi and Romina Power. She disappeared under mysterious circumstances while visiting New Orleans, Louisiana in January 1994. Carrisi, upon her father's request, was declared presumed dead in December 2014.
In 1983, she appeared with her parents in the film Champagne in paradiso. Later on, she was a letter-turner on the Italian version of Wheel of Fortune with host Mike Bongiorno. She planned to become a novelist, and studied literature at King's College London, where she received the highest marks in her year.
During her studies, she began to entertain the idea of traveling the world solo with nothing but a backpack and her journal. She decided to take a break from studying and returned to Italy where she sold all her belongings in order to pay for the voyage. She began in South America. After having spent a few months in Belize, she decided to leave the day after Christmas 1993 by bus to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her brother Yari, also an experienced traveler, had decided to surprise his sister by visiting her that Christmas. He arrived on a rainy 27 December in the village of Hopkins, going door to door searching for her, only to find that the day before, she had boarded a bus to Mexico.
Carrisi was last seen in the French Quarter area around 6 January. Police efforts to find her did not yield any result. At the time of her disappearance, Carrisi was staying in the LeDale Hotel with African-American street musician Alexander Masakela, twenty years her senior. Masakela was arrested on January 31 on an unrelated charge but eventually released for lack of evidence to connect him to Carrisi's disappearance.
In relation to her disappearance, a security guard testified that he saw a woman vaguely matching her description jump into the Mississippi River saying the words "I belong in water." A Coast Guard search turned up no sign of the young woman's body, which may have been washed out to sea. In any case, it has never been established that the person was Carrisi. In 1996, two years after her disappearance, an unidentified caller claimed that Carrisi was still alive but her whereabouts were unknown.
Carrisi's parents last heard from their daughter on New Year's Eve. They reported her missing on January 18. Her mother believes that she is still alive. In November 2006, her father Albano stated for the first time that he believed the security guard's story, the Mississippi river jump — a theory that Private Investigator Frank Crescentini never believed. Crescentini, involved on Ylenia's case for over 20 years, is still today searching for the truth. In an interview, Crescentini stated "Ylenia Carrisi is just another missing case, and I will hunt the truth. If she's dead, well then show me her body and a DNA report." When asked about the declaration of the presumed death Crescentini simply replied, "insane and shocking." In January 2013, her father Albano requested the declaration of the presumed death of his daughter.
She was reportedly discovered in June 2011 in a monastery in the United States. Her father dismissed the report as "shameful speculation containing not a bit of truth."
- Albano Carrisi asks for the official declaration of death of his daughter Ylenia Sud Italia News. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
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- Ylenia Maria Sole Carrisi The Charley Project. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
- "US: Missing since '94, Tyrone Powers' granddaughter is 'living in Arizona convent'". Adnkronos. 8 June 2011. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2013.