7-month pregnant Miriam Wuolou, the 34-year-old longtime assistant to Pope Francis was found dead in her apartment, just outside the Vatican.
Police say Ms. Wuolou’s body was found after several days of her not showing up to work.
She was divorced and an investigation has been opened up as to the cause of death AND the DNA of the fetus to determine who the Father is.
Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant and had worked at Pope Francis’ home and a priests’ guesthouse called Santa Marta for years. The Italian press reports she worked as a kind of gatekeeper for the Pontiff, as well as for the bishops and cardinals who stay there.
Police are investigating a case of neglect and have interviewed family members, her ex-husband from whom she was separated, and most recent boyfriend, thought to be a policeman in the Vatican.
Her brother found the body on Friday after he had not heard from her for several days. The autopsy has been carried out, and DNA tests are to be carried out on the foetus.
The Pope was informed of the death and through spokesman Father Federico Lombardiwas said to be devastated.
On Tuesday, Woulou’s house was still sealed off and neighbors said forensic teams had combed it for clues for many hours after her body was found, even removing some of her personal effects for further examination. One of the theories being floated involves Woulou’s husband, who did not live with her at the time of her death, nor, it seems, maybe ever.
Many other theories abound, including murder and an embarrasing DNA result for the unborn child.