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article imageMissing: Amelia Earhart’s bones

By Roderick Eime     Sep 14, 2013 in World
Suva - The mysterious disappearance of famous 20th century aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, has taken an intriguing turn. Why are researchers now scouring Fiji for her remains?
Graham Davis, a Fiji Sun columnist and independent journalist, reports that a search is now underway in Fiji for what could be Earhart’s remains.
A hand-crafted Kanawa wood box of bones recovered from Gardner Island (Nikumaroro) has gone missing. In it could be the remains of Amelia Earhart.
The partial skeleton was recovered in 1940 by a colonial government servant and taken to Suva, Fiji, where they were examined at the Fiji Medical School.
Dr Kenneth Gilchrist, a British surgeon living in Fiji and head of the school from 1965 to 1970, inherited this box and left it in his will upon his death in 1992.
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) researchers believe there is a strong possibility those bones are those of Amelia Earhart and are currently searching in Fiji for any clues.
“There are only two possible pieces of evidence that will decisively confirm that Amelia Earhart landed, and eventually died on Nikumororo,” says Michael Elliot-Jones of TIGHAR, “First, if DNA from the bones matches DNA from Earhart family descendants, that essentially proves the point. And, that’s what this story is about. Second, if searchers on Nikumororo find Lockheed Electra parts showing serial numbers known to have been installed in Amelia Earhart’s’s plane – serial numbers for engines, propellers, and the Lockheed builder’s plate – that also proves the point. But that’s another story.”
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