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story.lead_photo.caption A military soldier guards the entrance of the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's embassy to Italy, in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Vatican said Tuesday that human bones were found during renovation work near its embassy to Italy, reviving talk about one of the Holy See's most enduring mysteries — the fate of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)

Family: Tell more about bone pieces

VATICAN CITY -- Lawyers for the family of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared in 1983 pressed Italian prosecutors and the Vatican on Wednesday for more details regarding human bone fragments found in an annex of the Holy See's embassy in Rome.

The find, announced late Tuesday, raised immediate speculation over possible links with the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee whose fate remains one of the Vatican's most enduring mysteries. The news agency ANSA reported that prosecutors were focusing on whether the remains could be linked either to Orlandi, who disappeared on June 22, 1983, or another 15-year-old girl, Mirella Gregori, who disappeared a month earlier in Rome, on May 7, 1983.

"We are asking Rome prosecutors and the Holy See by what means the bones were found and how their discovery was placed in relation to the disappearances of Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori," lawyer Laura Scro said, adding that the Vatican statement "provides little information."

The Vatican said human bone fragments were found this week during renovations of a room annexed to the embassy, and that Italian forensic experts had been asked by prosecutors to determine the age and sex of the body and the date of death. Experts say that could be determined in a week to 10 days, if adequate DNA can be extracted from the fragments.

The Orlandi and Gregori disappearances have never been formally linked. The Orlandi disappearance is by far the higher-profile, with its Vatican links and many twists. The girl disappeared after leaving her family's Vatican City apartment to go to a music lesson in Rome.

Over the years, her case has been linked to everything from the plot to kill St. John Paul II to the financial scandal of the Vatican bank and Rome's criminal underworld.

-- The Associated Press

Church sued over Oklahoma rehab

CANADIAN, Okla. -- An Oklahoma woman has filed a lawsuit alleging a drug rehabilitation center linked to the Church of Scientology breached its contract.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that attorneys for Sefika Talic filed the petition Friday against Narconon Arrowhead, a 200-bed facility near Canadian that promotes substance abuse treatment theories by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The lawsuit says Talic enrolled her son in a three-month program in 2016 for $32,500. Talic alleges her son was forced to read literature that promoted Scientology and went through "bizarre punishments" as part of treatment. The lawsuit claims the facility didn't have certified medical personnel.

Narconon Arrowhead has operated under scrutiny following four patient deaths in recent years, and has settled numerous civil lawsuits.

The company has yet to file a written response to the allegations.

-- The Associated Press

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