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. arcangelw7

    Pat, I want to know why you are not at the Bilderberg Meeting or even reporting on it? Why as a Christian, are you not standing up to this evil in this world with Prayers & Leadership, shining Gods light on their Darkness being executed in secret right now as the Global Agenda?

    You should be rallying people peacefully to be there with the protesters and leading them in prayers for this world and Country, and binding up the Principalities and Powers of Darkness as they discuss our demise right in your own backyard. Why is there not even a whisper of this event coming from CNN and who do you really stand up for, the Globalists or God?

    June 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtbrno65

      I like lemons and I like pizza, just not together.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lulu

    A nice lady, I am pretty sure of-but why are we going to such lengths?
    She did what she loved-That Island just needed Gillgan, some good French wine, and chocolate!
    Depending on where you are located-should you be having dinner with your Kids-washing the Dog or visiting your Mother?
    Let it go folks!
    Good night John Boy!

    June 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtbrno65

      And The Skipper too.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sully

    Why is everything about money with you people?

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

      90% of posters here are freeeloaders

      June 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Human

      @Sully, Who is "you people"...lol This is just one big colossal waste of money in a time when the world's economy is in dire straits.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gary

    Please put to rest this story of the over white privileged lady who could fly aeroplanes. She crashed,

    she is Dead, now quit talking about her. It is really getting old. This story is over-blown and over -proportioned.

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

      Overreaction much?

      June 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leonard

      Guess you need to slither back into that crevice you come from, Gary. Obviously, you're another person with no appreciation for those who paved the way to the freedom and comfort we enjoy today.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry

      Gary what is your issue? Thats history. We learn it, we study it, we educate ourselves. Your comment is about as stupid as saying quit talking about new discoveries in Egypt, because it is old news!

      June 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unfortunately

      It's sad that you will not be able to get back the 30-60 seconds you spent typing your post, that could have been spent on something you cared about.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth or Dare

      It was once speculated that she was to be one of America's first lady and BEST spies. Makeing this journey would have given her invitations to just about every country and most political events of the times. Just like Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics. A white woman would have been invited to more functions and heard more 'gosip'. Do you know anything about HISTORY at all??

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

      Gary, just what WOULD you like to talk about. We have tried everything and you complain about it all.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline R.

      Hey, Gary, it's easy enough. If you're not interested in the story, don't read it or spend energy posting. Must be something about it you like.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnK

      If you don't like the story, don't read it or go to a different website.

      Amelia Earhart's disappearance was a major news story at the time, and many people are still interested. The only thing that seems "over proportioned" (the phrase is out of proportion) is your whining.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tryclyde

      No Gary, people's lack of respect and understanding of history is what's really getting old.

      June 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      Okay, Gary. Let's talk about you. What interesting thing have you done? Amelia was a world-recognized flying ace, but I'm sure you'll come up with something.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • joseph

      Gary, you must have been somewhat interested because 1) you probably read the story and 2) you commented on it. Finally, something other than reading about a plane crash killing a bunch of people, unemployment climbing, or the Syrian government killing their own people.

      If you don't care about it, don't read the article and don't comment 🙂 Fairly simply solution wouldn't you agree?

      June 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ted

    I want the name of the person who gave the order to stop the search!

    June 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted

    Why is it ALWAYS OLD NEWS when it says at the top of the page 'This Just In'

    June 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Griz

    People used to admire people who looked for answers , now they just want a free soup line what is it with you bottom feeders. if you only look down thats the only direction your life can go

    June 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. martoon

    What was such a young mick jagger doing on the wing of her plane?

    June 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtbrno65

      Ah was bown
      On ah cross fah hurricayne!

      June 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jen

    Amelia Earhart was something of a childhood heroine of mine. I learned about her in Girl Scouts, and I had to admire a woman who had such spunk back in her day. Imagine a WOMAN learning to fly (one of the many things she accomplished) and then having the courage to attempt such a journey, even if it did end in tragedy.

    I for one would welcome someone finding her remains, and finishing the story.

    June 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline R.

      Jen, totally with you on that. She's a real hero and certainly someone to look up to still, even after all these years. Hope they find her remains so we can know what happened and give her a dignified burial.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Human

      @jen, that's all fine and dandy, but for $10MIL? or $30MIL, just to be able to say she crashed in the ocean 8, 14, or 100 feet from shore and died on a deserted island? What possible good could come from such a waste of money? Spoiler alert: She crashed and is dead. Sorry to burst the bubble..but that's just life. She did great things, but now she is dust.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dennis

    Do you actually mean "Car 54 where are you"?..Are 54?...Can you count or even read?

    June 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dennis

    Do you really mean, "Car 54 where are you"?..Area 54?...No it's actually called Area 51.Can you count or even read?

    June 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. memememememem

    Wasn't there another story about a month ago? Just like this one? Big story about new evidence, but no real evidence is presented? Gimme a break.

    June 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ari

    Personally I've always thought she landed and was picked up by some boat and went off to live her life free of the press and constant scrutiny her fame got her. I like being able to hold onto that idea because Amelia Earhart has been a great inspiration to me over the years.

    June 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. notsosilent

    The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is searching for her plane, not the government. Let these people spend their money on what ever the hell they feel like. Its not like its effecting you in any way.

    June 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Human

      @notsosilent, Actually, it is affecting me. It is thrown in my face every morning on CNN and the thought of all that money that could help people with real life problems in this world is disturbing. I know, I know rich people can do whatever they want with their money...blah blah blah...but that is why the world is the way it is today – total self absorption.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • tryclyde

      Smart Human, you're basically saying that people should stop exploring. Stop spending money on exploring space, climbing mountains, exploring the oceans, exploring the rain forests, etc. That doesn't sound like a great world to live in.

      June 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      Smart Human–Then don't read the story. And don't comment on it. I think that you would be totally unaffected, correct?

      June 4, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Watching You

      So give them all of your money and let those who have it do what they want with theirs. Since when is it your job to decide who anyone but you spends their money?

      June 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dennis

    Optimal frequenciy communications are not determined by weather but can be hampered by electrical pulses during a lightning storm.They are determied by a MUF or maximum usable frequency,propagation conditions at that time,where in the 11 year sunspot cycle we stand, ionospheric refractions,gray line propagation,geomagnetic storms created by coronal mass ejections during high sunspot activity,seasonal changes and trans-equatorial propagation among other factors.The time of day will only determine the band frequency that one can communicate on.The D level atmospheric layer will allow distant radio communications at night,the E, F1,and F 2 atmospheric absorption levels are optimum for daytime communications and some nighttime activity.Stick with your conspiracy theories and leave radio communications to the experts.

    June 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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