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. NoDoubt

    So sad that they survived and COULD have been saved. I know it happened a long time ago, but she was a very brave person, and was a pioneer for her era.

    June 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • minhajarifin

      Yes she inspires. She was a nurse and also did social work in Boston.

      June 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joesmith

    now, you want to resolve two mysteries..what really happened to the D.C Madam..and who really hit Jack Wheeler, and why???

    June 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AmeliaaE

    MODERATOR IN EFFECT...instant cyber justice dispensed....

    June 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ttcaros

    The Gardner island theory has been around for years. They found some bones there, but nothing conclusive. Then there's the story that bones were shipped for analysis and then lost. They were lost probably because they didn't belong to a human. The rest of the stuff is garbage they found, shells.

    What these people don't tell you is the evidence points to Amelia and Noonan flying the gas out and crashing into the ocean while flying north-south . That likely would have been the fate. In which case the plane would have sunk in minutes without a trace under the ocean.

    Today, it would be near impossible to find the remains, even if they were near the island.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    @"JustMe". If you knew a little south pacific history and a little about JFK, you'd understand "Flyers" post.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eddie Haskell

    Ric Gillespie: You are nuts or are making money off of this scam. They are both in the drink somewhere. Davy Jones Locker. The Pacific is a BIG ocean. If you are not getting rich off of this, you are off your rocker. See a psychiatrist!!

    June 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. josh223

    They might find a small civilization on the island composed of Earhart/Noonan's kids...and maybe a really old Amelia wondering what took so long for the rescue.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobSaget

      Sorry Josh, but its their ninth expedition according to the story. I think they would have found any inhabitants on their previous 8 trips. It helps to read the entire article.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      Bob Saget, I think Josh223 was just joshing. Don't take everyone's comments so seriously.

      June 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paulie

    Wouldnt the plane be buried in the sand somewhere close to the shore of Nikamororo Island? Maybe they should try to use ground penetrating radar?

    June 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jewels

    I don't know that I want the mystery of what happened to Amelia solved. Her disapperance is what makes the story of her life so fascinating. She was an incredible woman and way beyond her time period.

    June 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • meemee

      You think that no woman every accomplished anything until the advent of Feminism (modern)? How about Queen Elizabeth l, Joan of Arc, Elanor Roosevelt, any number of writers and artists, Annie Oakley, and all the extraordinary women who had the toughness of body, heart and mind to make it Westward in wagons trains with their families, after a couple centuries of surviving and building this country in the East? And remember, at least up to the present, behind every great man was a great woman, with George C. Marshall called the Last Great American by Winston Churchill. (Mashall had an outstanding spouse).

      June 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      was thinking the same thing.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JRH

    TIGHAR has been trying to prove this for years, and there is no new evidence presented here. I don't know why people can't accept that Earhart and Noonan disappeared over the 99.99999999% of their route that was water. Sure, there's a .000000001% chance they landed on dry land, but really?

    June 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 1234avc

    And 2 months ago it was reported on CNN that a group looking over old images saw what they believed to be the landing gear sticking up out of the reef.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Farmer John

    I guess since we are flying all around these days, though some planes still come plunging down, we have lost interest in the ground breakers of air travel? History is what it is, a lot yet to be discovered. I give people credit for trying to find answers to question which most of us have long forgotten. If they have the time and money, I say they should go for it..... Good luck and may history be rewritten if you find new evidence. Just like the Bible should be rewritten, keeping the important stuff, making the stories relative to our culture, for it is the stories which carry the wisdom and truths. As it is, we are left with just worshiping Christ for we have lost most of the meaning of the stories.

    It is interesting how science and electronics are making this big old earth we live on, smaller and smaller, less and less spots which have not been explored, mapped and photographed from the air. I wonder if someday we will be able to look at every square foot in high definition photographs. Maybe even in live video. Watch out what you do in your own backyard or on your "private" island getaway, we will be watching.

    June 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Halkes

    "Amelia Earhart flew a lot of airplanes, except that one time when she didn't come back."

    June 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. panorain

    Most likely explanation is that the plane is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, out of gas, and not near any island. Sort of like what happened to that missing flight squadron that got caught in the Bermuda Triangle. Can't imagine any reasonable way to find the plane. Which is probably just a bunch of mush by now.

    June 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomester

    75 years is "nearly a century" ?

    June 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
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