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Amelia Earhart in the News

Published: 3/23/2012
Amelia Earhart has achieved near-legendary status in American history. Ever since her mysterious disappearance almost 75 years ago, generations have enjoyed speculating about her fate. Some insist that her plane crashed and sank into the ocean, never to be recovered; others are just as adamant that she lived for many years after her 1937 disappearance, serving as a spy or living on a remote island or even changing her name and returning to the U.S. to live a long and anonymous life.

Amelia Earhart (Wikimedia Commons)
Amelia Earhart (Wikimedia Commons)


Just as popular as the speculation has been the hands-on search for any evidence of Earhart's plane or her remains. After her disappearance, President Roosevelt mounted a $4 million search that turned up not a shred of evidence. It has continued in private hands in the years since, with tantalizing clues here and there but nothing conclusive.

In 2012, the search continues, and new findings have excited many – including Hillary Clinton.

A photo of Gardener Island – where many of the search efforts have been focused over the years – has been reanalyzed, and it appears to show fragments of what could be Earhart's plane protruding from the water. It's a small thing to hang hopes upon, but it's exciting to those who have been inspired by Earhart's story. Clinton is among the inspired, and she plans to back a renewed search using the latest evidence and technology.

Amelia Earhart (Wikimedia Commons)
Amelia Earhart (Wikimedia Commons)


Will finding Amelia Earhart's remains change the world? No, probably not, but that doesn't mean it's not worth the continued search. There's something very satisfying in solving a mystery, particularly one that has eluded us for so long. And maybe even more important, there's comfort in putting a body to rest. Earhart's immediate family didn't get to have that comfort, but maybe a new generation will.

Written by Linnea Crowther

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