London: Police on Wednesday launched an investigation after Miriam Wuolou (34), Pope Francis' seven-month pregnant secretary, was found dead in her Rome apartment. Miriam, who is of Eritrean origin, was found dead at her small apartment on the outskirts of the city on Friday.
She had worked as front-of-house at Pope Francis’ home, a priests' guesthouse Santa Marta for years, acting as a kind of gatekeeper for the pope as well as for the bishops and cardinals who stay there, according to The Sun.
Miss Wuolou had a serious kind of diabetes which had led doctors to warn her pregnancy was at risk.
Police are said to be investigating the possiblity that she was suffering from neglect.
Officers have interviewed family members, her ex-husband from whom she was separated, and most recent boyfriend, thought to be a policeman in the Vatican, according to Rome-based newspaper il Messaggero.
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.