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Amelia Earhart's Remains Have Finally Been Found, Study Claims
Decades-long mystery has finally been solved! According to a recent forensic analysis in Professor Jantz's journal publication, Amelia Earhart's bone remains have been found.

The 81-year-old mystery revolving around the disappearance of a female aviator, Amelia Earhart, has finally been resolved.

A scientific study recently claimed that the discovery of human bones on an island in 1940 may belong to the notable female pilot, Amelia Earhart.

Portrait of Amelia Earhart. (Source: Getty Images)

The famed pilot’s plane went missing during her strive to become the first woman to fly around the world. All that was found after her plane disappeared were some bone remains on the island of Nikumaroro in 1940. However, a research conducted the following year claimed the bones actually belonged to a man.

However, according to a recent forensic analysis, it has been affirmed that those bones actually belonged to Earhart!

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Amelia Earhart stands in front of her bi-plane called “Friendship” in Newfoundland. Carlene Mendieta. (Source: Getty Images)

After almost 8 decades, a new study, published by Professor Richard Jantz of the University of Tennessee, rejected these findings by saying that he is ’99 percent sure, the bones belong to Amelia Earhart.’

Earhart after her solo Atlantic flight from the US to Londonderry, arriving at Hanworth Aerodrome, England. (Source: Getty Images)

In his study, Forensic Anthropology, Professor Jantz wrote that it is true that the the initial research in 1941 presented ‘suspicion at the time that the bones could be the remains of Amelia Earhart’. However, he also argued that back then, forensic osteology – the study of bones – ‘was not yet a well-developed discipline’, unlike today.

According to the Washington Post, Professor Jantz used an anthropology program called Fordisc, popular among forensic anthropologists, which compared Earhart’s measurements to the bones discovered in Nikumaroro.

Earhart (1898 – 1937) disappeared without trace over the Pacific Ocean in her attempt to fly around the world in 1937. (Source: Getty Images)

As the computer-generated program ‘estimates the gender and ancestry of the person the bones belonged to by using skeletal measurements’, the Professor used Earhart’s body statistics using photos and information collected from her personal records.

Following the statistics, it was revealed that ‘in the case of the Nikumaroro bones, the only documented person to whom they may belong is Amelia Earhart.’

Illustration of Amelia Earhart’s plane crash. (Source: Getty Images)

Multiple theories emerged regarding Earhart’s peculiar disappearance, the most popular one consisting of her being captured and tortured to death by the Japanese.

Mike Campbell, retired journalist and author of The Truth At Last, also believed Earhart was an American spy and was captured by the Japanese, which eventually led to her death by torture.

To support this, a photograph was released by the History Channel, from the National Archives, displaying Earhart standing on a harbor on Marshall Island. However, it was later revealed the photograph was dated two years prior to her final flight.

‘Flying Laboratory’, piloted by Earhart flies over the Golden Gate bridge in Oakland, California. (Source: Getty Images)

Author of Finding Amelia and the executive director of The International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), Ric Gillespie, was unconvinced by the photograph being the last proof of Earhart’s existence.

In an interview with the BBC, he stated, “This photograph has people convinced. I’m astounded by this. I mean, my God! Look at this photograph… Let’s use our heads for a moment. It’s undated. They think it’s from 1937. Okay. If it’s from July 1, 1937 then it can’t be Amelia, because she hadn’t taken off yet.”

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Earhart was accompanied by navigator, Fred Noonan, when she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island while trying to attempt a circumnavigational flight in 1937.


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  • Rich Martini
    March 11, 2018

    Hard to be Earhart\’s bones when she was still alive. Everyone who lives in the Marshalls or the Marianas knows what happened to her – and are confused why a group of pasty looking tourists keep scouring the same island where she never was… I\’ve interviewed or filmed dozens who claim they saw her land on Mili Atoll, saw the Japanese arrest her, take her and her navigator and her Electra to the nearest island Jaluit, doctors tended to her wounds, she was then taken by seaplane to Saipan where numerous people saw her and Fred brought to Garapan military headquarters… where Fred was tortured and executed for being a spy and she was put in a tiny cell in Garapan prison for the next seven years… when she died of dystentery just weeks prior to the US invading Saipan.

    And those US marines who found her plane in a hangar on Aslito airfield – US Marine Bob Wallack found her briefcase in a safe which had her passport and flight plans, US Marine Julious Nabers decoded the messages that CinqPaq sent saying \”we have found Amelia Earhart\’s plane\” – as he told me on camera \”I remember it like it was yesterday.\” Along with a dozen others soldiers who corroborate his and other stories about seeing her plane in this hangar, watching it flown, until they were ordered to drag it onto the runway and burn it… all of these US soldiers, the over 200 people on Saipan who claim they saw her – the two GIs who claim they dug up her bones in 1945… all of them telling the same story with the same outcome.

    And yet – here we have a fellow who found some bones in 1940, along with a sailor\’s sextant and a bottle of Benedictine (which AE never drank, and Fred preferred distilled spirits, not the fancy french kind) – those bones that were initially reported to be of a 5\’ 5\” to 5\’ 7\” inch male…. well, now, how could they be Amelia\’s when she was alive in a cell on an island just north of where this fellow found these bones (which he said \”looked older than 4 years\” – which would have put them a year earlier than her flight… either way, anyone can watch the footage of those eyewitnesses and come to their own conclusions –

    The eyewitness reports are posted at EarhartOnSaipan.com. Along with a rebuttal from a former Federal investigator who demonstrates how silly the concept is. Why people don\’t know what really happened to her is beyond my capacity to understand, frankly I find it amusing that people outside of these islands are still looking for her when everyone who lives on Saipan can tell you what their family and friends saw when she was there.

    And for those who argue that these islanders must be mistaken – over 200 of them, and those Marines who found her plane – there\’s one detail they neglect to acknowledge – if 200 islanders are making up the same story, why didn\’t any islanders from any other island making up a story about her? Why is this the only one with eyewitnesses who have repeatedly said the same story?

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