Earhart's Final Resting Place Found?

Theories (some as kooky as being abducted by aliens or assuming another identity) have been swirling for years about the fates of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, who disappeared during an attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

And now, researchers may have found the final resting place for the missing aviators:

Legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart mostly likely died on an uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, according to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).

Tall, slender, blonde and brave, Earhart disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator. Her final resting place has long been a mystery.

For years, Richard Gillespie, TIGHAR's executive director and author of the book "Finding Amelia," and his crew have been searching the Nikumaroro island for evidence of Earhart. A tiny coral atoll, Nikumaroro was some 300 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination, Howland Island.

A number of artifacts recovered by TIGHAR would suggest that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing on the island's smooth, flat coral reef.

Just in time for the Hilary Swank's new movie "Amelia". Coincidence? I don't think so!

Link | Nikumaroro Island on Wikipedia

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FTA: "The evidence is plentiful -- but not conclusive yet -- to support the hypothesis that Amelia landed and died on the island of Nikumaroro," forensic anthropologist Karen Ramey Burns told Discovery News.
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Yeah, seems like they'd have found a few plane parts, if it were so. I thought she was killed by the Lindberghs when she witnessed them accidentally flushing their baby down the toilet. Or was that on Family Guy?
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Ric Gillespie has been milking this for *years* of trips to the south pacific. I had been a member of TIGHAR for six years or so, and though they found the few articles (the ones mentioned were found by them a long time ago) none of them are conclusive - by a long stretch. The shoe is the wrong size for example.

They did some good, rigorous archeology, but with this latest information release are apparently slipping into some hype about being pretty certain they've found her. He's now mounting another fundraising campaign to finance his lifestyle choice - and using the AE movie for all it's worth. Good luck to him I guess.
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