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. mark

    I don't know what there talking about .She never evan left the airport .It was a hoax

    June 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      Well, Okey Dokey then.

      June 4, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. creek

    @smart human and how much of your personal wealth or disposable income are you contributing to the better of society? i sure hope you are spending every extra cent at your local soup kitchen. oh wait, you live in a free capitalist enterprise society and you don't want other people telling you what to do with your money...interesting. dumb human, more like it.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. eroteme

    New clues revealed! Again! I have heard this same story for years. More clues revealed! Let's forget Earhart, she was a great lady who had a tragic life's end.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      You are exactly right. None of this is new. The radio signals have been known since she disappeared and were not dismissed. This is just $$$ seeking hype.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • u2

      true. same bs from tighar,different day.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • I be-a-sayin'

      How about we forget you bout them apples...your daddy forgot ya..we do da same.

      June 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I was about to say the same,who cares?FED. field trip maybe,like Hillary in Antarctica,lol

      June 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. u2

    you included ...BOB.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. u2

    P.S. it aint close to a century yet.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustMe

      75 years. 3/4 of a century. Close enough to use the word 'nearly'.

      June 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This startling announcement and all you can do is complain about the use of a single word to estimate a time span? Wow. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion, genius.

      June 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Martin T. Bass

    "S.O.S...all ships at sea...Mayday..Mayday....we are stuck on this island after radioing in our order..please pick up the

    following at White Castle on 2nd St.....24 burgers...5 orders of fries..2 orders of onion rings..3 chocolate shakes...this

    be Amelia & Fred...thanks..over & out.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • deadspam

      Nice response – 75 years ago there wasn't a White Castle ON 2nd Street.

      June 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • kmac

      Ha ha

      June 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Flyer

    Nice Photo.

    Right Pilot. Wrong airplane.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff J.

      The aircraft is a Lockheed Vega-which she also flew

      June 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tryclyde

      Did the caption SAY that is was a Lockheed Electra? No? Then be quiet.

      June 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eddie Haskell

    Ric Gillespie is out of his mind. He needs a real hobby, if you know what I mean!!

    June 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Flyer

    How is it that these guys can get so much press?

    They hold a conference with one guy giving nine presentations, and announce something that has been known for decades. They obviously just want money so they can go to the South Pacific on a junket. I expect that some day we may find the plane, but this radio stuff is not news. This group has been on that island 5 or 6 times already, and found NOTHING to confirm their theory. No carved coconut like Pres. Kennedy, no aircraft parts, nothing. Just some trash washed up on the beach.

    But hey – who wouldn't want to go to the South Pacific if someone else paid. Send in your money NOW.

    June 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustMe

      Why would they have a coconut carved like JFK when he was only an anonymous 20 year old when they disappeared....? Just curious.

      June 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phillco

    I don't want to hear about another clue to finding her unless the headline reade "Amelia found!"

    June 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. comingsoon

    the next project for this group should be an investigation into why those dozens of SOS were Neither answered nor kept in the record book properly. i smell rats.

    June 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      The same reason the faa down plays all of the unexplained activity in the bermuda triangle?

      June 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmeliaaE

      eye smell worms

      June 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 123elle

    When it comes to early lady pilots, I find Beryl Markham far more interesting. Try googling her. Her book about flying the Atlantic, West With The Night, is a page-turning classic. Her whole life was irresistibly romantic.

    June 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marengo

      Amen to that, I agree! Beryl Markham was a much better pilot and more interesting person. Earhart was a mediocre pilot with a husband who knew PR and made her far more famous than she deserved.

      June 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Goose Chaser

    Ric Gillespie is a pathetic fraud and has been for several decades. About 20 years ago he was looking for the lost aviators Nungesser and Coli. The man has never found any convincing evidence of anything. Yet he continues to lure people on search expeditions to nowhere. Why does the news media fall for this guys fantasies?

    June 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dennis Bell

    Elvis and Bigfoot have been reported by credible witnesses to have joined Ms. Earhart at her South Pacific shangri-la.

    The plain fact is that Earhart, according to her female contemporaries, was a mediocre pilot, and her navigator Fred Noonan, accoding to everyone who knew him, was an alcoholic who should never have been hired to make the flight. After an exhaustive search, the navy concluded that the two of them ended up at the bottom of the ocean. It's a sad story but rehashing it over and over won't change it.

    June 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • minhajarifin

      She did fly from Hawaii to California which was considered very dangerous.

      June 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |

    Every year it is something pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee

    June 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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