A human skeleton discovered in 1940 on the island of Nikumaroro in the Pacific ocean, most likely belongs to aviator Amelia Earhart, who went missing in 1937, according to the results of a new study conducted in the United States.
The first woman pilot to fly over the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, Amelia Earhart wanted to fly around the world in 1937. Amelia was flying over the Ecuador when she went missing without a trace, along with her navigator, Fred Noonan. Amelia Earhart was 39 years old.
What happened with the two pilots and their plane has remained a mystery to this day, one of the biggest mysteries in the history of aviation. In the decades that followed, there were many conspiracy theories and many speculations, including that Amelia Earhart was captured by the Japanese.
However, the new study conducted by professor Richard L. Jantz from the University of Tennessee, concluded that a skeleton discovered on the island of Nikumaroro, three years after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, most likely belongs to Amelia.
A previous study, which took place in 1940, established that the bones belong to a man.
Jantz argued that the techniques used back them were not very advanced and that, on the contrary, the measurements of the skeleton match those known to be of Amelia Earhart’s.
The last known communication with Amelia Earhart took place on July 2, 1937, between her flight from New Guinea and California. An accepted theory is that Amelia Earhart and her navigator died when the plane crashed nearby Howland Island, in the Pacific Ocean, because of bad visibility and lack of fuel. In her last message Earhart said that she can’t locate the island and that she’s running out of fuel.
The U.S. Navy searched the entire area for many weeks but the plane was never found and Amelia Earhart was declared dead in 1939.
In 1940, the members of an expedition, discovered the skeleton along with a woman’s shoe and other objects. At that time, the bones were examined by the Fiji medical school by professor D. W. Hoodless who concluded that the bones belong to a man.
The skeleton has disappeared and professor Jantz, specialist in anthropology, used Hoodlesss’ measurements which he compared to those of Amelia Earhart. The professor concludes that the skeleton most likely belonged to Amelia Earhart.
A photo in a “secret” file in the United States National Archives was found last year, which fuels speculations that Amelia Earhart and Noonan were kept prisoners by the Japanese on Marshall island. Also, it was said that the United States Government knew about this and did nothing to save them.