Amelia Earhart And Bone Found In Southwestern Pacific

By: Jennifer Hong
Staff Writer
Published: Dec 11, 2021

Amelia Earhart and Bone

Amelia Earhart and bone found in southwestern Pacific. Amelia Earhart disappeared 73 years ago and the bone fragment might solve the mystery. It was collected on uninhabited tropical island Nikumaroro.

Earhart has been one of the remaining mysteries to be solved after World War II. In fact, the new bone fragment has raised the interest of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), as it may be from a human finger.

The phalax was found together with other artifacts during a month-long expedition last June to the tiny coral atoll believed to be Earhart's final resting place. "At first we assumed it was from the turtle whose remains we found nearby. Indeed, sea turtles have finger bones in their flippers. But further research suggests it could also be human," Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, said in a statement.

TIGHAR's investigations and theories challenge the assumption that Earhart's twin-engined Lockheed "Electra" crashed in the ocean when running out of fuel on July 2, 1937. Their findings, along with historical reconstructions of Earhart's disappearance and the futile massive search that followed, are detailed in "Finding Amelia," a Discovery Channel documentary that airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The Discovery Channel. "After 22 years of rigorous research and 10 grueling expeditions, we can say that all of the evidence we have found on Nikumaroro is consistent with the hypothesis that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan landed and eventually died there as castaways," Gillespie said.