Discovery of Bone Fragment May Solve Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance
December 14, 2010
Nikumararo (ChattahBox World News)—During an attempt to circumnavigate the world in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared, creating a mystery that has left people wondering what could have happened to the pair. But the new discovery of a bone fragment on the island of Nikumaroro could offer a promising clue to close the final chapter on Earhart’s life, the UK Telegraph reports.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) discovered the bone alongside other clues at the site of a castaway’s camp on Nikumararo, which is part of the republic of Kiribati. Also at the site, the TIGHAR researchers found a woman’s compact from the 1930s, a bottle made in 1933 in New Jersey, and a broken pocket knife which matches the brand of a knife listed in Earhart’s aircraft inventory, the Telegraph notes.
DNA results will be available in a few weeks, after which scientists will know for sure whether the bone belongs to Earhart. TIGHAR has long opined that Earhart died of injury, infection, food poisoning, or thirst after safely landing on Nikumararo, the Telegraph reports.