Remains Found in 1940 are, According to One Researcher, Those of the Aviator Amelia Earhart, Reported Missing in 1937.

The end of Amelia Earhart’s life has been a mystery to all for nearly eight decades. An illustrious aviator, Amelia is known for having been the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone on board her craft. Disappeared during a flight in 1937, many hypotheses have been put forward about her fate. Today, the enigma has probably been solved by a researcher from Tennessee, who claims to be certain to have identified human remains as those of Amelia Earhart.

To say that the American Amelia Earhart was an extraordinary woman and a courageous adventurer would be an understatement. Mattel recently made a point of immortalizing her alongside Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson in its new Barbie collection, composed entirely of female models intended to serve as examples for all the little girls of the world.

Amelia Earhart

At the age of 31, Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic, a slightly bitter experience for her as the only woman on a male-only flight, she felt she was treated like a « bag of potatoes ». However, this made her extremely famous. Five years later, in 1932, she decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean again, this time totally alone. Once again, she made history as the first woman to do so.

In 1937, Amelia Earhart mysteriously disappeared with her navigator Fred Noonan during their circumnavigation of the world, after having been seen for the last time in New Guinea. Since then, many hypotheses have been put forward in an attempt to solve the enigma that still fascinates thousands of people around the world today. Captured by the Japanese, shot down in flight by them because her circumnavigation of the world would have been an espionage mission entrusted by the American government, stranded on an island on which she would have continued her life… Imagination still continues to forge the legend of Amelia Earhart.

Amelia Earhart aboard the cockpit of a Lockheed Electra in 1936. Photo Credit: Everett Historical / Shutterstock

Richard Jantz, a researcher from Tennessee, could put an end to all the delusions, however, since he claims that human remains found on an island in the South Pacific are in fact those of the aviatrix. Already studied in 1940, it was concluded at the time that the bones belonged to a man. As technology has changed dramatically since the 1940s, Jantz decided to conduct new analyses. These revealed that the remains had more similarities to Amelia Earhart than to 99% of the individuals stored in his large database. For him, until absolute proof to the contrary, her remains are those of the airplane:

Until there is definitive proof that these bones are not those of Amelia Earhart, the most convincing argument remains that they are indeed hers.

Amelia Earhart died in 1937 on an island in the South Pacific after losing her plane during her unfinished circumnavigation of the world.

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