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Amelia Earhart Remains Possibly Found

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posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 03:58 PM

Legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart mostly likely died on an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, according to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).

Tall, slender, blonde and brave, Earhart disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator. Her final resting place has long been a mystery.

For years, Richard Gillespie, TIGHAR's executive director and author of the book "Finding Amelia," and his crew have been searching the Nikumaroro island for evidence of Earhart. A tiny coral atoll, Nikumaroro was some 300 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination, Howland Island.

A number of artifacts recovered by TIGHAR would suggest that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing on the island's smooth, flat coral reef.

According to Gillespie, who is set to embark on a new $500,000 Nikumaroro expedition next summer, the two became castaways and eventually died there.

"We know that in 1940 British Colonial Service officer Gerald Gallagher recovered a partial skeleton of a castaway on Nikumaroro. Unfortunately, those bones have now been lost," Gillespie said.

The archival record by Gallagher suggests that the bones were found in a remote area of the island, in a place that was unlikely to have been seen during an aerial search.

Looks like this could be the end of a very long unsolved mystery. RIP Anita and Fred

Mod Edit: Fixed Typo in Thread Title

[edit on 10-26-2009 by worldwatcher]

posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 04:09 PM
reply to post by sad_eyed_lady

Very strange this is coming out right as the movie is.
Be interesting to know if it is really her remains.

posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 04:15 PM
Already being discussed here:
Earhart's Final Resting Place Believed Found


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