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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    Instead of discovering Amelia Earhart they will discovery the real Zombie Island!

    June 4, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wes

    I'm sure she will be relieved to hear about this revelation. Hasn't anyone seen Star Trek? She was beamed to another planet. QED.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. cWhatsNew

    Why would they ignore 57 distress signals? Sounds crazy.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Maldez

      cWhatsNew "Why would they ignore 57 distress signals? Sounds crazy."

      Eggs-zactly. This whole thing is a non-story.

      June 4, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. nagrad

    Boy that would be most unfortunate. Given that there are "credible" logs showing radio evidence of their survival, one wonders why it wasn't followed up on until 75 years later...

    June 4, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Captain Obvious

    BS. They landed on Gilligan's Island. It was in episode 32, duh.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Doug

    How many ways can yu spell Nikumoro / Nikumaroro Island? Way to spell check CNN....

    June 4, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. El Puko

    Obama had her taken out.

    June 4, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. josh rogen

    like with most things even if they find the body they will have a hard time convincing people the mystery has been solved

    June 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      What is not in this article but I have found elsewhere is that a few years later the British found skeletal remains there and removed them. They analyzed them and determined it to be a man, but another group has gone over the files and another pathologist has said it's a female, European ancestry. This does look like the end of the mystery.

      July 3, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Gerardi

    So – just to clarify – 75 years is "almost a century"? If that's the case, can I borrow a hundred dollars? I will promise you that I will pay "almost" a hundred back...

    Nah, on second thought, keep it. Use it to pay for Journalism school- it's obvious you've not been there yet.


    June 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Watching You

    I wonder why anyone bothers to comment on anything on the internet. It seems that all of these comments are designed to start arguments and nothing more.

    June 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayS

      Oh yeah? Prove it!

      June 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dinkus McGee

    I lould love to go on this expedition and am a $ contributing member to it. I joined TIGHAR earlier this year and hope that they are on to something that will solve this years old mystery!

    July 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jokeman

    Hey dudes!!! you guys have gotten off the subject............. Amelia is freaking dead, nough said !!

    July 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ricferretti

    My very best wishes to the team and hope they achieve their target in solving this long held mistery

    July 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Herman Melville

    Call Me Ishmael

    July 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick Shultz

    This was inappropriate and disrespectful. If you can't do anything more than show your lack of respect and intelligence why bother to post?

    July 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
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