Amelia Earhart mystery may be solved, says scientist

  • Amelia Earhart mystery may be solved, says scientist

Amelia Earhart mystery may be solved, says scientist

Based on the measurements and other forensic analysis, Jantz concludes "until definitive evidence is presented that the remains are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument is that they are hers".

A new study concluded bones found on a remote Pacific island almost 80 years ago likely belonged to Earhart, according to USA Today.

"Also found were part of a shoe, judged to have been a woman's; a sextant box, created to carry a Brandis Navy Surveying Sextant manufactured circa 1918; and a Benedictine bottle".

"There was suspicion at the time that the bones could be the remains of Amelia Earhart, " Jantaz wrote in the study. It said the photograph unearthed from the National Archives showed Earhart and Noonan, in Jaluit Harbor in the Marshall Islands after their disappearance.

In a phone interview, Jantz noted that some artifacts found on the island also support the possibility that the bones came from Earhart. The British found a human skull, humeri and radii (both arm bones), a tibia and fibula from the lower leg and two femurs (thigh bones). Some people have said that she and her navigator were imprisoned and killed; others believe that enormous crabs are to blame for the disappearance of her remains.

The bones were shipped to Fiji and examined in 1941 by Dr David W. Hoodless, a professor of anatomy, who determined they were those of a stocky man. A Tennessee researcher has revealed that it's "likely" that the seven bones discovered on a distant island in the South Pacific are Earhart's.

ONE of the world's most famous aviation mysteries could solved after tests found bones found on a Pacific Island probably belong to vanished American pilot Amelia Earhart.

"I reassess (bone measurements) with realistic assumptions about who could have been on Nikumaroro island during the relevant time", he wrote. Campbell, who authored "Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last " (Sunbury Press Inc.; Second Edition, 2016), maintains the duo were tortured, only to perish in Japanese custody.

Jantz is basing his expert opinion on measurements of the bones-measurements that were taken in 1940.

Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared on July 2, 1937, while flying over the Pacific Ocean during Earhart's attempt to become the first female aviator to fly around the globe.

The George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers at Purdue University also turned up measurements taken by a seamstress in preparation for a new pair of pants, allowing Jantz to estimate the length of the groundbreaking pilot's tibia. Her pilot's license also apparently lists Earhart as 5 feet, 7 inches. "The bones are entirely consistent with Earhart in all respects we know or can reasonably infer", he says.