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. Bleedingheart

    This is really an interesting story, and as long as no taxpayers money is used I hope they solve the mystery.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RealityChecker

    The really weird thing is that Barack Obama blames Bush for it.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyberdazed

      LOL... You want some cheese with your whine? Pathetic.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Kuklinski

      What's really weird is someone can't enjoy a great american who disappeared and now an age old mystery MAY be solved due to a overwhelming obsession with party politics.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herewe Goagain

      Update: in fact its no longer Bush's fault, it is the Tea Party and conservative talk radio personalities.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 666667

      Prescott Bush with the aid of Skull and Bones. lol

      June 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbernasc

      and not surprising at all you do not have a brain, nor are emotionally smarter than a chimp ... that explains why u vote GOP.. he he

      June 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relictus

      History will vilify Mr. Bush. As for Ms. Earhart, I hope that they find some answers.

      June 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • B Overby

      Ha......xlnt point......

      June 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robrob

      The *really* weird thing was your need to bring politics into this.

      June 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul


      June 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milt

      I thought it was Mitt blaming Obama

      June 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      And maybe you can blame Obama for being born and uneducated.

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

      u got that one backwards as it is the gop and rep dolts that blame obama for things that he was not alive for etc etc...
      bush is the one that invaded 2 countries paying for them with tax cuts,,,, declaring mission accomplished while Osama ate kavilta fish giggling.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob B

    It would be great if they find real proof of where the plane went down. I hope they do and then the mystery would be solved.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ RealityChecker, when have you EVER heard President Obama blame Bush for anything? Never!

    June 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      chrissy: "when have you EVER heard President Obama blame Bush for anything? Never!"

      You're trolling, right?

      June 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amelia Airheart

    For chrissakes, I was taken by aliens. Don't you people read the tabloids?

    June 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. korgri

    So back in the late 30's how were records kept of "radio signals once dismissed", if they were dismissed?
    This sounds like hum-buggery, an attempt at a shaggy dog story for the purposes of media attention.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Smith

      @ korgri: Just because the records were "dismissed" doesn't mean they were destroyed. It could mean they're looking at the evidence again from scratch, and aren't "dismissing" the same records that other(s) from the past did.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      And just who benefits from this theory?

      June 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Calcommuter

    This is old news. The head of Tighar is looking for publicity bringing up information already known. It was never determined if she transmitted while the plane floated or where the transmission came from.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bugbreath

    My understanding is that the radio signals were followed up on immediately, and only after the search failed to yield results were the signals LATER dismissed by people trying to solve the mystery; which was too late for the unfortunate castaways, but perpetuated the mystery.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • korgri

      Anyone could say anything at this point and announce they are off to some lonely little spit of scrub growth South Pacific island because someone found the lid from a 1936 jar of fruit salad there. Surely the only way this lid could've got there is if Amelia ate her last provision of fruit salad out of the very jar this lid covered. DNA testing will be forthcoming, some of her dried saliva must still be on the lid. Oh, but we all know how busy the DNA lab is (because we all watch "CSI Easter Island") , so check back in 18 months and we'll have inconclusive proof to relate to the gullible halfwits who show up at our next press junket.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • boom

      the previous story said they talked to her and told her they could not hear her well to use morse code signaling so she did.... she told them her compass coords which were that island.....

      June 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sam Tumoli

    I'm Amilia's son. She faked her death. She liked cats and told me I was special.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      She also expressed to you that you were very intelligent and would go far in life.That was proven to be false.

      June 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wb

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. "Mysterious" radio signals are now the "smoking gun". This is the same pattern of "breaking news" that comes out every few years about EH. None of it ever can, or will pan out.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Amelia Airheart

    I tell you clods, the aliens got me. Sam Tumoli is my son, he's just trying to cover up the shame of his mom being abducted by aliens so he says I faked my own death. Why would I fake my own death when living among these wonderful aliens who have taught me so much – for instance, has anyone noticed or card to comment on how I now spell my name the way it's properly pronounced? Where did I learn that from? You guessed it- these aliens taught me that one.
    Sam, dear, be sure to feed the cats. Fluffy doesn't like the dried cat food, just splurge and buy her tuna. Pay for it by selling one of the platinum ingots I swiped from the aliens to give you, in lieu of my unavailable mother's affection.

    June 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. korgri

    @Kevin Smith. Kevin – the point is, what means of recording radio signals was there back in the 1930's that would still be useful as plausible proof now? Some handwritten journal? An analog recording of sporadic static, and on what medium that is fake proof?
    Oh yeah – are you gonna make another sequel to 'Clerks'?

    June 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fallen Angel

    It 's interesting how all of a sudden,just before her anniversary of this flight where she and her copilot went missing over the Pacific.Her radio signals that had been dismissed for how many years?? No real interest so out comes the anniversary and "VIOLA" the now dismissed radio signals become so significant.This is nothing more than an opportunity to sell more book's and movie's that will throw out all the same theories.Capitalism at it's best

    June 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Calcommuter

    They found PROOF she was on that island when they found a woman's shoe. A big press conference to announce "WE FOUND HER". Someone asked what her shoe size was. Uh.... Wrong size!!! They found cans and articles from the era. PROOF!!! Uh, no. It was a military outpost for years.. We have a picture that is PROOF the plane was in the water off the beach.. The fact that they have been there several times and nothing was seen is fact enough. Even if it was, after 75 years it would have floated out or was gutted by someone.. But it wasnt....

    June 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. My Friends Call Me 'Steven'

    "That's what I said... It's MY island!."

    June 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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