Finding Amelia Earhart: New clues revealed
New discoveries may help answer questions about what happened to Amelia Earhart.
June 3rd, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Finding Amelia Earhart: New clues revealed

A mystery that has enthralled Americans for nearly a century may be on its way to being solved.

New evidence released Friday revealed clues that may solve the mystery of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart, Discovery News reports.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced that a new study suggests that dozens of radio signals once dismissed were actually transmissions from Earhart’s plane after she vanished during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

The announcement was made at the start of a three-day conference in Washington dedicated to Earhart and the group’s search for the famous aviator’s remains and the wreckage of her plane.

On the conference website, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery called Earhart’s unanswered distress calls “The smoking gun that was swept under the rug.”

Discovery News reported that the group has determined 57 “credible” radio transmissions from Earhart after her plane went down.

It has been researching the disappearance of Earhart, her navigator, Fred Noonan, and her Lockheed Electra aircraft for 24 years. Its members have developed a theory that Earhart’s remains lie on Nikumaroro Island in the Western Pacific.

Nikumoro Island, then called Gardner’s Island, had been uninhabited since 1892, the group said. In its version of Earhart’s final days, she and Noonan landed there after failing to find another island. They landed safely and radioed for help, the hypothesis goes. Eventually, the Electra was swept away by the tide, and Earhart and Noonan could no longer use its radio to call for help. U.S. Navy search planes flew over the island, but not seeing the Electra, they passed on and continued the search elsewhere.

The discovery of what is believed to be an old jar of anti-freckle cream may also provide clues to this decades-old mystery. It is suspected that the cosmetic bottle found on Nikumaroro Island once belonged to Earhart.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will launch an expedition to Nikumaroro Island on July 2, the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance. This is their ninth expedition.

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  1. GeorgeBos95

    My life will soon be complete ... we may finally know what happened to Amelia. You have no idea how long this has consumed my thoughts ... my dreams.

    Or not.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      If it's of no interest to you, why did you read it? And why even bother to make a silly childish comment?

      June 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • headline4edu

      Joe he thinks he's being witty. Too bad his only form of humor is sarcasm, an overly trite method (because it's incredibly easy...).

      June 4, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. rkdres

    Trollo-lo-lo- lo lo-lo lo lolo looooooooo.....troll lol- lolo.......you get my point

    June 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • u2

      let's see,you want to sing,but cannot,along with the rest of your non-talents.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jk

    These aren't new clues.... This has been discussed for ages, including by CNN.

    Not much of a mystery, either. She crashed, obviously. Mystery in terms of where, but it's a big, big ocean.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve the man

    Sooooo, there is nothing in this article at all. Nothing.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 6bq5

    I just came to realize that most of the comments posted on these topics are made my people not older than 12 years old. Those adults wannabe's should go back and watch Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd instead.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      who's bugs bunny and elmer fudd?

      June 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. barbara

    Knowing that her plane was missing, why would they dismiss radio signals?

    June 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • u2

      in some of the older printed articals,people that were alive and knew amelia stated that she was not familure with radio use. she had removed a trailing antennae from her electra because it caused to much drag...

      June 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DawninMemphis

      That's a very good question...

      June 4, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • bricotrout

      they didnt dismiss them at the time. they looked for her based on 120 some different transmissions. some of them were hoaxes. they only dismissed them weeks/months later and unfortunately dismissed them all.

      July 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Duhhhhh, this was already solved by Star Trek: Voyager. Earhart is in the Delta Quadrant about 70,000 light years away and she went forward in time a few hundred years.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ...i see another cruddy movie in the making...please spare us hollywood...

    June 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • u2

      they already have made many cruddy movies about this as far back as the mid 40s.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ordinary Average American

    "New evidence released Friday . . . ." NEW evidence about a woman who disappeared in 1937? Seriously? Who cares 70 plus years later and why would anybody waste their time and money to look for such "evidence" now?

    June 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tank2

    Forget the Birthers. I wanna see the Death Certificates! I'm a Deather!

    June 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Disco Zork Fleep

    Area 54? Did you mix Area 51 with Studio 54 and create a trendy dance club for aliens?

    June 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • fastball

      bah-hahahahahah.
      Good one!

      July 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mikeinthevine

    Classic. +1

    June 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Whome

    And mankind will better off how, once they know what happen to her?

    June 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joseph

    Discouraging as to the number of sarcastic, negative posts regarding a situation in which someone was stranded on an island after wrecking their plane. To these individuals, put yourself in her shoes for a minute.

    Just goes to show how the United States, amongst a bunch of other countries, are going to hell in a hand basket, and simply just don't care about anything anymore.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...a closet movie investor!

      June 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich.Scholl

      I couldn't agree more, but you should keep in mind that the people who post responses on such a story are not a reliable cross section of the population.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      IIf she had Cody Lundlin and Dave Canterbury and Les Stroud on the plane she would have been found and would have survived. The first thing those guys do is to make signal fires and a thirty foot X to signal distress. They would have canibalized the plane played the calorie game and used contrast and movement in any distress signals. Did they do any of that and if so why was it not seen. I have seen the three listed above do amazing things and start fires with urine, kill large game with a sling shot, and do many more things involving amazingly ingenuity. I think they survived for quite awhile but lost hope and losing hope killed them especially once one perished. Sad no one heard their cries for help and saved them.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fallen Angel

      There is no proof they survived (her and her copilot) on any Island.Unless you have some secret evidence that they did survive?? i have read and heard dozens of theories of what may have happened to them but,no one has found any physical proof or evidence of any kind to promote any kind of theory.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Smart Human

    This is, without a doubt, a very interesting story. I just wonder if the money being spent on answering this question could be much better spent elsewhere, like on helping starving children around the world.

    It seems wasteful and indulgent to spend millions of dollars on something whose end goal is to say, "Yup, she made it to this little island and lived in desperation until she died a few weeks later." Really, that is the most detailed answer they could possibly get at this point, so why waste so much friggin money for that? Oh well, rich people's problems...like which color Mercedes should I get? Oh, woe is me...That kind of thing...

    June 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      children suck!! it should be spent on sterilizing people who shouldn't have them!

      June 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Human

      @jesse, this is not the place to talk about your mother.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mycupcakesummer2012

      Excuse me, but Amelia Earhart is a woman who's courageous feats have made history and have changed America. If these calls of help were completely ignored, the least we can do as Americans is to put her tragedy to rest as just simple respect to such a brave woman. You on the other hand, can continue to wine about the rich and I feel sorry that you cannot appreciate what this discovery really means to the history of the US.

      June 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Unfortunately we dont dictate how people spend money . you sound like a hitler in the making

      June 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Point?

      I wonder if the money YOU spend frivolously could be spent helping others. This is a private group that can spend their money as they choose. Who are you too judge how someone else's money is spent?

      June 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your Point?

      I wonder if the money YOU spend frivolously could be spent helping others. This is a private group that can spend their money as they choose. Who are you to judge how someone else's money is spent?

      June 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lyndachele

      She was attempting a trans-global flight, was already the first aviatrix to complete a trans-Atlantic flight and had been a flying instructor. This investigation, if I remember correctly, is not being paid for with govt funds. People are free to donate to whatever charity has meaning to them. And just because they aren't doing with their own money what you think they should do doesn't mean you should heap toxic shame upon them. Why do you have Internet when children are going hungry?

      June 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watching You

      You sound jealous!

      June 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
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