Amelia Earhart Found?

Everyone has heard of the infamous Amelia Earhart: a pioneer for both aviators and women alike – groups that were, both, were making leaps and bounds in the 1930’s. She was the first woman to receive the US Distinguished Flying Cross and also the first of her gender to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Then in 1937, Earhart tragically vanished over the Pacific waters during a trip across the world. Miscommunication and bad radio signals left the other end wondering what had happened to the female pilot. Never found or heard from again, theories were abound: Earhart had crashed in the waters and died; she had been snatched up by the Japanese; and other speculations all trying to assign an absolution to a mystery that couldn’t be solved – until now?


After being declared officially dead by the California government in 1939, researchers say they may have found the remains of Earhart – and her death may not have been as expected before. Bone fragments, a mirror from a woman’s compact, and a glass bottle made in New Jersey, buttons and a zipper from a flight jacket found on a remote island some 1,800 miles from Hawaii could be the remains of the famed aviator. It’s speculated that Earhart made an emergency landing on Nicumaroro Island in 1937 and lived as a castaway until her death. Remnants of a campsite were also found on the island, which give support to the theory that Earhart may have lived for at least some time after the crash/landing.

The bones are at The University of Oklahoma for DNA testing, where researchers hope to extract some DNA from the fragments to match against DNA donated from an anonymous member of Earhart’s family. Time and science will tell if this grand mystery will be solved anytime soon. Until then, only Amelia Earhart knows what really happened that fateful day in 1937…


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