#Mystery #AmeliaEarhart – Mystery Deepens Over Bones Linked to Amelia Earhart : The partial skeleton of a castaway found in the 1940s on the Pacific island Nikumaroro shows some similarities to Amelia Earhart, scientists say.
Though extensive searches have failed to turn up the bones, scientists have found a record of the bones’ measurements taken by a British doctor in 1941, they said.
And those measurements match up with Earhart’s build, according to Richard Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which launched a project to piece together Earhart’s disappearance in 1988.
“The match does not, of course, prove that the castaway was Amelia Earhart, but it is a significant new data point that tips the scales further in that direction,” TIGHAR representatives said in a statement.
However, forensic anthropologist Ann Ross, who is not involved with the TIGHAR study, said the methodology used by TIGHAR is not reliable.
What’s more, Ross, who is director of the Forensic Sciences Institute at N.C. State University, is unsure that the doctor’s notes are even real because of the anomalous language in the writing.
The mystery of Earhart began in 1937, when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, set off from Oakland, California, on their westbound attempt to circumnavigate the world.
After a leg of the trip, her plane crashed on takeoff on a runway at Luke Field in Honolulu, on March 20 of that year, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
On June 1, after her airplane, the Electra, was repaired, the pair took off from Oakland, California, in an eastbound attempt to fly around the world via Miami, according to the museum.
On June 29, they arrived in Papua New Guinea, only to depart again on July 2, headed for the uninhabited Howland Island, located just north of the equator in the Pacific Ocean.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Itasca, received voice transmissions from Earhart during that leg of the trip, saying, “We are on the line of position 156-137.
Will repeat message. We will repeat this message on 6210 kilocycles. Wait. Listening on 6210 kilocycles. We are running north and south,” according to the museum.
Their flight should have lasted about 19 hours, but the plane never arrived at Howland, leaving Earhart’s disappearance as one of history’s biggest mysteries.
Since 1988, Gillespie has led TIGHAR researchers on 11 expeditions in an effort to piece together what Gillespie calls a “jigsaw puzzle” of clues to reveal the true story of what happened to Earhart.
They have been looking into the possibility that Earhart and Noonan might have made an emergency landing on Nikumaroro (now called Gardner Island), in the Republic of Kiribati, where they may have subsequently perished. (Earhart’s plane has also remained missing, though in 2014, TIGHAR researchers found an “anomaly” on the seafloor off Nikumaroro that they said needed closer examination.)