Amelia Earhart Remains Found in the South Pacific?


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hilary SwankTHE remains of Amelia Earhart, the legendary aviator portrayed on the big screen by actress Hilary Swank, have reportedly been found.

Three bones were found on a remote island in the South Pacific by a group from Delaware that recovers historic aircraft. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma are hoping that DNA will prove the remains belong to Earhart.

“There’s no guarantee,” said Ric Gillespie, director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery in Delaware and author of Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance.

“You only have to say you have a bone that may be human and may be linked to Earhart and people get excited. But it is true that, if they can get DNA, and if they can match it to Amelia Earhart’s DNA, that’s pretty good.”

Gillespie said bird and fish remains around the island suggest a Westerner had stayed there.

“These fish weren’t eaten like Pacific Islanders eat fish”, he said.

“It’s like science. You take the information you have and formulate a hypothesis, but 9½ times out of 10 you turn out wrong, then you go through the whole thing again — but you’re closer.”

Swank has previously revealed that she did an incredible amount research to play Earhart in Amelia.

“You cannot play Amelia Earhart and not learn how to fly,” she said. “It was just as exhilarating and freeing and exciting as she writes about. I get it.

“I know exactly to the minute how much there is out there. There are about 16 minutes of newsreel on Amelia, and all of that is some waving. It’s not all talking. So the actual things that we have of her speaking are limited, and a lot of the stuff that we have of her speaking are when she had her public persona on.

“I found about 45 seconds of when she didn’t know the camera was actually on and so I got a little bit of an insight of her not public face, which was very obviously insightful for me and something I really grabbed on to, because I didn’t want to parody her.

“That accent was very specific, the cadence in which she spoke was very specific, the way she carried herself was very specific, as it is for all of us. If I were playing you I would want to break down your exact mannerisms. They were big shoes to fill, I couldn’t take a lot of fictional — license, actually, that I could probably take if I were playing you, so it was a daunting task, and I felt like something that I had to really study to do justice to her.”


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  • Dave

    If they find DNA from the bone which was discovered, with what will they compare it? You mean to tell me they have some of her DNA on file with which it can be compared?

    • http://facebook john j. rodz

      THIS IS SO TOTALLY NOT TRUE!!!! SHE IS STILL ALIVE BUT SICKLY AND LIVING IN JAPAN……THE JAPANESE SHOT HER DOWN AND CAPTURED HER….SHE WAS IN A LABOR CAMP AND BRAIN WASHED…SHE THEN DECIDED TO LIVE OUT THE REST OF HER LIFE IN TOKYO AS A DISHWASHER IN A RESTURANT AND REMAINED ANYNOMOUS UNTIL SHE BECAME ILL, WHEN SHE TOLD EVERYONE WHO SHE WAS AND THE ORDEAL SHE HAD GONE THROUGH NO ONE BELEIVED HER AND THOUGHT SHR WAS JUST AN OLD CRAZY AMERICAN WHO WAS NOTHING BUT A DISHWASHER……SHE REMAINS IN A NURSING HOME IN JAPAN……..THE TRUTH!!!!1

      • MMM

        Wow! I’ve often wondered what a brainwashed person sounds like. Now I know. How long have you been like this?

      • rae

        LOL

      • CouldBnE1

        The only problem with this is that she would be 113 years old. Not likely to still be living, but believe what makes you happy!

      • William

        You are an idiot.

      • http://facebook john j. rodz

        AND YOU MY FRIEND HAVE DICK CHEESE

      • Rick Hilland

        Mmmm – a 113 year old dishwasher. That’s cool.

      • Lonni

        Well folks, with all these wonderful posts it just shows to go you what a few changes in an idiot’s chromosomes will do to a person’s mental status, I think she just wants to be left alone and so don’t ask and don’t tell, K ?

      • Gary Thrasher

        john j rodz

        Prove it!

    • Rich

      You can go through known family and see how close they are.

    • Gary

      NO DUMB ASS! THEY GO TO A LIVING RELATIVE DUH!

    • chris

      Any guesses as to how many on here get Darwin awards? I know 1 must be real close.

  • akuma

    No. Normally in a situation like this the DNA will be compared to that of her closest living relative.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure they have clothes and personal articles left in her estate that have strands of hair, etc…

  • TimD

    Not much “reporting” here… The “remains” were found on Howland Island, which was OCCUPIED at the time of her disappearnace. It is only a flat 4 x 2 mile island, with an airstrip (built for Earhart’s trek). She was in contact with the radio operators on the island, then her transmissions stopped. She DID NOT make it to Howland Island. If she had, then the people on the island would have been aware. They also had food, shelter & supplies, so she would not have “starved” as the articles make it seem.

    10 minutes of research, and this whole Earhart remains “fantasy” is proved to be “bunk”.

    • http://Yahoo.com Kenneth

      My goodness…if you bothered to read anything about Amelia’s disappearance, you will find that the bones and other evidence of her survival were found on Gardner Island, not her destinationof Howland Island !!

      10 minutes of research proves that you are a moron !!

  • haley

    THEY FOUND HER AT LONG LAST!!!!!! I AM SUPER SIKED NOW

  • T. Cherco

    I hope it is really her & they have enough DNA to prove it, & then her family can be at peace & they can give her a proper burial. hopefully at Arlington National Cemetary.

    • http://AmeliaEarhart Caroline P.

      I find quite the opposite when I see Hillary Swank accept an Oscar, portray a variety of exceptional characters or understand the hours of study that devotes to learning her roles. For an example, learning how to fly a plane for the Earhart movie. Granted the news item which alludes to the possibility of discovering Earhart
      after the greatest naval search ever illicited for an
      individual is the subject matter, I don’t think we should degrade a professional for staring in the autobiography.

  • http://yahoo Tina

    I was wanting to hear about Amelia NOT Hilary Skank!!!Just because she did a movie about her does’nt mean Hilary is all that!!jeeze!!!Give us a break Hilary’s not even a good actress!!She SUCKS!Lets hear about the Aviator Amelia not some dumb hoe who thinks she knows it all!

    • Denny

      You’re absolutely correct!

  • earl earhart

    im her son so she can have som of mine dna

    • James

      I doubt they’ll be looking you up for a DNA sample since she actually had no children. By the way,”som” isn’t a word, and “som of mine” just doesn’t make sense.

      • Andy

        It does not take a genius to realize that he meant SOME, not SOM.

    • Angry Consumer

      Hey, idiot… Just b/c she didn’t have children doesn’t mean there aren’t any living relatives… How stupid can you be??? Really? You think only a direct child can provide DNA? MORON!!!

  • Rand

    Brainwashed to Dishwashed. Anyone else see a pattern here?

  • Smartalec

    I just bought a power washer and named it Amelia Earhart. This is so weird.

  • Stephen

    A Japanese dishwasher? And I thought Primal man was extinct,it is hard to conceive that someone so stupid and ignorant can exist in a modern world.WoW what a moron!!

  • http://Yahoo John Hughes

    You are all a bunch of morons, one person spells some som another names his washer Amelia Earhart and several believed this phony story. No wonder this world is going down the tubes, most of you people are dumb and stupid. If I said I would lease all of you a Bridge in San Francisco or sell you some Ocean Front Property in Arizona you all would be sending me deposits. Dummies;;;;;

  • chris

    @John… If you really believe that this world is “going down the tubes” then do us all a favor and leave it. Your opinion is worse than rodz comment!

  • Marie

    If you think about it GOOD though, you’ll probably realize she’s in the OCEAN at the bottom. Her PLANE won’t decompose, especially not the engine, so that is what they ought to be looking for really…

    • William

      While the latest story is interesting.I think the ocean is where they should look. If they can find the TITANTIC I’m sure the can find AE’s plane.

      • aMBER

        the difference is they knew where the titanic sank.

      • Kat

        I agree!!

  • luke

    rodz..ur an idiot! i hope it is her remains….she’s been gone long enough!

  • Leonid Breznev

    The DNA would be compared to that of living cousins, presumably. As long as they weren’t very distant cousins,
    you could probably conclude that the dead person was Earhart (or else someone related, albeit distantly, to Earhart).

    • http://yahoo blackrules

      Why it always gotta be race.. always blame it on the black man maybe your mom could have done it

  • tju1

    OJ did it !

  • neil nurisso

    how can you say her remains are found. they are not verified and how are you going to verify. what a bunch of assholes

  • Ricardo Vazquez

    see this is what happens when you leave children unattended.Where are the parents and how come they can’t control them ,it’s obvious that some of these children need a “TIME OUT”.

  • TAMMY

    BEFORE I START LET EVERYONE KNOW THE BRAINWASHING THING IS A LARGE INSULT TO AMELIA’S FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT HAVE LIVED AND THE ONES THAT STILL LIVE.I HOPE FOR HISTORY,FAMILY AND FRIENDS,AVIATION,AND FOR WOMEN IN GENERAL THAT IF THE DNA IS HER’S ALL OF THE ABOVE COULD FINALLY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND TO BRING HER HOME.AND AS FOR THE DNA QUESTION,SPEAKING FROM A MEDICAL PERSON THAT I AM,IM REALLY SURE THAT ANY AFFECTS SHE HAD THEY COULD PULL DNA FROM ,BUT ALSO I FEEL BEFORE THIS TRIP AND MAYBE OTHERS SHE HAS HAD MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT MAY HAVE BEEN IN A FILE BY OUR GOVERNMENT PURELY ON THE BASIS OF WHAT SHE WAS ABLE TO DO AT THAT TIME PERIOD, AND THAT SHE WAS A WOMEN WITH GREAT KNOWLEDGE BEFORE HER TIME AND AS A WOMAN WOULD NOT BE FIRST LOOKED UPON IF SHE WAS DOING SOMETHING SHE WANTED TO BUT ALSO SOMETHING THE GOVERMENT WAS WATCHING FOR HER TO DO.IN ANY SCENERIO IF IT IS HER BRING HER HOME.

    • Gary

      DAMN TAMMY, YOU LOVE TO RAMBLE LMAO!

  • http://Yahoo John Hughes

    Hey Chris:

    Blow me

  • Billy Nardozzi

    “Amelia Earhart”

    “Old Bessie” was a name
    Of a plane that she flew
    And I have always respected
    All the “things she would do”!

    The First “Woman to fly”
    “Across thee Atlantic”
    And in turn leaving the skeptics
    “Flustered & frantic”!

    And the “guts to partake”
    In “any air game”
    That back then and right now
    Still “bring her to fame”!

    And not even to mention
    Her “being attractive”
    But not stopping her
    From being “Pro-active”!

    In creating and starting
    “Movements and the like”
    For daring young women
    To “go into flight”!

    I don’t know much more
    But I do know this;
    I’d be in total denial
    And surely “re-miss”

    If I did not say
    She was a “real-true-legend”
    Who had defied all the odds
    Then went “straight into heaven”!

    Yes “Amelia Earhart”
    An “Icon so fine”
    Had set the “presedence”
    For “Women of all time”!

    Billy Nardozzi
    Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania

    • Lonni

      Yes, it was a very nice post, of coarse this IS THE place that the world’s brain trust is, and you will love this, at. We, of the Merca (sic) foundation find this an amuzing place to congegate between think tank reservations and gigs. So nice to be with the fodder of humanity, you idiot !

  • http://Yahoo John Hughes

    Billy:
    Very Good, in fact outstanding. Totally unlike all the other peasants responses. You show the class the rest of these people don’t have.

  • http://AmeliaEarhart Caroline P

    Billy
    Thank you for your splendid talent with words! Your
    poem is not only a tribute to Amelia but to all women who
    strive for the future. I wish somehow that this could be brought to Amelia’s family’s attention.

  • chip

    I hope they still keep looking for parts of her plane!!

    • Lonni

      If you want to kill yourself fine but dont do it with a hand gun, o.d. The gun folks have bad press as it is. please.

  • Mitch9576

    After reading most of these responses, I have decided that it truly is a sad day for all Americans as well as humanity, because you all are absolute idiots! I think I’ll go shoot myself for being part of your species.

    • chio

      it sort of goes to show how drugs have truly affected society lolololol U ALL SOUND LIKE CRACKHEADS!!!! THATS FKD UP…also how the education system fails us sometimes.thats sad

  • aprilsopinion

    You guys….geez! Can’t we all just get along? LOL LOL LOL

  • http://Yahoo John Hughes

    Hello all of you:

    I have read all your responses and I think it is time for me to tell all of you that you are nothing but a bunch of dumb sons of bitches and that you should all go and fuck yourselves or go masturbate you stupid bunch of cocksuckers.

    • Lonni

      Gee, what and how do you react to some thing that really is important in the world. This is juat a big game, folks that are sick of the crap on FaceBook, with crap like, “Jill likes Jane’s status”, and Billy Bob just boght a pig and needs a farm, anyone want to help”, that crap, so we move on and find some other site, this is just until the movie comes on or whatever. and . . . not all of the cocksuckers are bunched up nor stupid, most are in the senate passing gas and bills like dont ask and we wont beat the hell out of your fagget ass. So, cheer up this is not the real world.

      • aprilsopinion

        Totally agree!!

  • chio

    damn!they act as if theyre the ones who did all the work looking for her!@mitch im with u…y does it even have to be an issue it is what it is half of us r brainwashed already whether it be by the government or elsewhere lets just wait n c where this goes we could do without the retarded comments…..

  • stevalicious

    guys, it’s not about the odds that those WERE her bones. it’s about BELIEVING in that slight chance that this could actually be the end to a great mystery. why can’t we all be like haley? why can’t we all be SIKED? sure, the article went pretty off-topic, but what else would YOU write? i’ve read every single one of your comments. i’ve thought through all your perspectives. and yet, only 20% of you are really excited about this discovery! and even though the bones may not belong to amelia earheart, they belong to someone! and the next headline could be about the amazing story of some guy who was shipwrecked or something and an entire story unfolds!!

    • chio

      thats true…

  • http://yahoo Stephanie

    You have got to be kidding me? Really? Did you people get just a little off track with your ridiculous comments? This is part of history, if, and that is a big IF, the remains turn out to be Amelia Earhart, good, mystery solved. The Press is doing what they do best, drama, hype, drama, hype. Truly, go back to school and get an education, all but a select few of you have an iota of common sense. All capitals when getting your point across, do you think we heard/read you any better? WOW! And to think you people vote – how scary is that!

  • Terry

    Wake up. Any headline that can spur thousands of hits sells ads. RIP Amelia. Sorry that your admirable legacy has been dampened by someone making you a source of revenue.

  • redniobe

    did anyone see this special about her disappearance?..who knows what really happened but it was still interesting.

  • jay

    This was very interesting……….NOT

    • Alex

      Your opinion matters…..NOT

  • brooke

    there looking in the right place they shouldn’t be looking in the ocean!!people!!

  • http://yahoo marie

    If the bones turn out to be human and not those of Amelia Earhart I hope the researchers run DNA comparisons on other persons missing in this area also try to determine if they are those of her navigator “Noonan” before they give up on this site as their last landing place. There are sure a lot of rude crude people jabbering on this site Too many personal problems instead of ideas being vented! A first time responder.

  • Bobby

    It would be great to see this mystery solved in my lifetime.

  • JM Rhoads

    she was abducted by aliens and is now living with bigfoot in Oregon

  • http://familyforest.com Akexis

    The AP story I saw said it will take months and more DNA tests before they know if they are human bones and if they belonged to Amelia.

    See more on the real Amelia Earhart and her family history at :
    http://familyforest.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/amelia-earhart/

    and http://familyforest.com/products

    Are you related?

  • jim hawks

    She is alive living in Japan, working as a dishwasher
    at the age of 113, Elvis is bussing the dishes and

  • Morgan

    If I ever have a daughter, I think Ill name her Amelia! What a beautiful name for an amazingly inspiring woman!

  • http://yahoo.com Bella

    The scientists copied Amelia’s plane and placed it in a museum. Amelia is gone forever!!!!!!!!!! Well Amelia’s real face is in yahoo image search and Amelia’s video is in youtube. Good luck!!!!!!!

  • http://none kirk

    Was this article about Hillary Swank or Emelia Earhart? How freakin stupid!

  • http://Yahoo Cole

    It would be a an ending, Non of the endings we all would hope for.
    To Have been Marooned on an Island would have been better than to have fallen into the Jap hands. If they Have found her remains, I hope that Fred Noonan is there also.
    that way she may have not been there alone for long. She Was to say the least an Incredible Person that lived her adventures. The Time that she took this endevor Was to say the least Not the best of timing. Give her the credit that she is due. Navigation, Weather, Mechanical Failure all or some may have been the culprit of missing her goal of Itasca. We may not know still to this day what happend. So I hope when I pass from this Earth on to the Next Great Adventure to ask her and Fred what happend.
    My Parents were Killed when I was 23 in a Plane Crash Sept 19th 1981 Dallas Fort Worth Airport in their Cessna.
    We were able to deturmin that it was Due to a Combination of Inexperienced Air Traffic Controllers and Pour Judgement on the Delta Airlines Flight Crew that killed My Parents.
    Best Wishes to Both the Familys of the lost Earheart & Knoonan.

  • Awesome

    me and my dad swore it was in my mom messy closet TEEHEE lol

  • Jay

    You are all wrong, didn’t you see that episode of Star trek Voyager? She was taken by aliens and lives very nicely in a human group of people in the delta quadrant. She turned down a chance to go along with the star fleet people who eventually made it home. You folks need to keep up! The Sci-Fi channel has most of the answers.

  • Kathy Burningham

    Her story is one of great interest for a long long time. Truth of her remains will be interesting. At any rate….History will always remember this great Aviatrix with the wonderful name…Amelia Earhart. Long live her memory.

    • http://Yahoo Cole

      Well Bob,
      Now tell us how you Really Feel !
      I make now Apologies for any one here for Spelling and Punctuation.
      I agree that the Outter Space stuff is only what it is.

      Lighten up dude, Life it way too short.
      In this economy you may offer Spelling and proper Grammer lessons. You might be the next millionair if more people cared ! I commend you on your perfect grammer and punctuation. Please pat your self on the back.
      BTW Merry Christmas.

  • Bob

    Idiots, assholes, aliens and morons? This site is a bonanza of all four. Mis-spellings, no punctuations, punctuations in the wrong places, all Caps, and no Caps. Off the planet comments, poems cat fighting, ass snipping, and racism (where did that come from). Is this a forum for (should I say it?) idiots, assholes, and morons? Include me as one for even replying to this nonsense.

  • David Baker

    TimD, actually, the “Remains” were found on Nikumaroro, formerly known as “Gardner Island”. Howland Island was her original destination. This is the latest in a series of efforts by this TIGHAR outfit to entice people to join in on their research (In other words, send them money.) I would hesitate to send TIGHAR any funds until the DNA tests are published. Even then, I’d get a second (and third..) opinion from a reputable lab before donating to TIGHAR.

  • dwisht

    wonder if they could get da from race car driver dale earhard

  • deaun

    you know if these are her bone we will or can find out what life was like back 72 years ago for those who dont remember and she can finally be laid to rest as she should be she was a great woman and will remain a great woman

  • David Baker

    deaun,
    Yes, Amelia was a great woman. It took much courage and fortitude on her part to start out on this world record attempt, especially when you consider her first try ended in a serious accident. She was brave, adventurous, and dedicated to attaining her goals. I think it is a fitting tribute to her legacy that so many seek to solve the mystery of her disappearance after so many years. I also believe TIGHAR is wasting much manpower and resources tracking down Gillespie’s theory, which is still unproven after multiple expeditions to “Niku”. I doubt seriously that this bone DNA ploy will bear fruit. TIGHAR is really grasping at straws with this one!

  • Saj

    Hey guys enough of this banter. I clicked on this site to see the results on the questionable remains, if any existed. In my opinion all those ignorant, childish comments should be deleted off this forum.

  • http://gmail Carol

    If she is still alive what would you ask her?

  • http://gmail Carol

    If she is still alive what would you ask her? go to youtube and put Ameilia Earheart dead or alive and you can see the videos of her and if you look carfuly at the background you could see the mystery in the video.

  • http://www.google.com deneme

    nice post

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