Amelia Earhart Mystery Remains Unsolved (For Now)

Despite intriguing clues that suggested that the 75 year old mystery surrounding the disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart could be close to being solved, an expedition searching for definitive proof of her final resting place has turned up empty handed:

 A $2.2 million expedition that hoped to find wreckage from famed aviator Amelia Earhart’s final flight is on its way back to Hawaii without the dramatic, conclusive plane images searchers were hoping to attain.

But the group leading the search, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, still believes Earhart and her navigator crashed onto a reef off a remote island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago this month, its president told The Associated Press on Monday.

“This is just sort of the way things are in this world,” TIGHAR president Pat Thrasher said. “It’s not like an Indiana Jones flick where you go through a door and there it is. It’s not like that — it’s never like that.”

As I noted last month, over the years several artifacts were found on nearby Nikumaroro Island that could have belonged to Earhart and her companion, including several items that arguably only could have been hers. But without evidence of wreckage underwater, there’s not likely to be definitive proof that this is where Earhart’s journey came to an end.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. DRS says:

    Happy 115th birthday, Amelia. You still rock the joystick.