Researchers hope DNA testing may finally prove whether bones found on a remote island were Amelia E…

But it may take modern DNA testing to help researchers close the case.

The bones were found found on Nikumaroro, a remote island in the western Pacific Ocean, in 1940. But it wasn’t until a 2018 study when people began to suspect they could very well belong to Earhart. That’s when researcher Richard Jantz re-examined their measurements and found they closely matched those of the missing aviator.

Now, Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at South Florida University, will use DNA testing to confirm the theory. Kimmerle sent samples off for DNA testing and is awaiting the results.

She was invited by National Geographic and will appear in an upcoming documentary about the pilot.

Whether or not the bones are positively identified as Earhart’s, Kimmerle sees this as an exciting opportunity to focus on the legendary woman’s life, rather than the story of her death.

“I think a lot of the focus is always on the mystery,” she told CNN. “And, certainly, we always want to solve that and find out what happened. But whether this is her or not, [the real value] in a historic case like this that gets so much attention is really looking at that person’s life and what they achieved.”

The bones in question were originally dismissed by a researcher as male remains. Then, for decades, the bones he incorrectly identified were missing. Last year, they turned up in a museum on the island of Tarawa.
If the bones are confirmed to be Earhart’s, the flurry of theories surrounding her sudden,…

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