Forgotten photo may solve Amelia Earhart mystery

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Could Photo Finally Solve Amelia Earhart Mystery?


A recently resurfaced photograph may have finally solved the 77-year-old mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance.

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(Image courtesy of: Miami Herald)
This patch, found on a remote Pacific Island by researchers with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, is believed to have come from Earhart's plane Electra. (TIGHAR)
The patch is shown on the plane under this yellow arrow. (TIGHAR)
The shredded patch being held up against a reproduction of where on the plane it would have fit. (TIGHAR)
The patch covered the special window denoted at the back of the plane. (TIGHAR)
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An image, taken by the Miami Herald just moments before Earhart took off for her ill-fated 1937 attempt to fly around the world, holds a clue that one investigator claims links to wreckage found on a tiny island in the pacific.

The image shows an aluminum patch that was not noticed in any other photograph. Earhart investigator, Ric Gillespie, believes the patch matches the metal plate he discovered back in 1991 on a remote island. If correct, this supports the theory that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, survived a crash and died as a castaways.

Gillespie's Gardner Island discovery was initially dismissed 23 years ago because rivet patterns didn't match those of Earhart's plane, but if the plate is a patch, it would explain why the patterns are different. He told the Miami Herald, "If we can match a rivet pattern from the repair in the photograph to a rivet pattern on the wreckage, I think it would be beyond dispute that Noonan and Earhart weren't lost at sea, but made it to the island."

If Gillespie is correct, it would answer a lot of questions regarding what many believe to be one of the greatest mysteries in aviation history. But it would also hint that Earhart and Noonen had long, slow, tragic deaths.

Have you met the other Amelia Earhart? Earhart left her television job at KUSA to recreate the 1937 flight of her namesake.
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DENVER, CO - JUNE 17: Amelia Earhart with a portrait of her namesake at her Denver home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Earhart has left her television job at KUSA to recreate the 1937 flight of her namesake. She talked about the upcoming around -the world aviation quest that will involve 17 stops and over 28,000 miles in a Pilatus PC-12NG. She departs on June 26th. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)
TODAY -- Pictured: Pilot Amelia Rose Earhart (a distant relative of the famed aviator of the same name) appears on NBC News' 'Today' show on August 2, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 17: Amelia Earhart with a map of the world in her study at her Denver home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Earhart has left her television job at KUSA to recreate the 1937 flight of her namesake. She talked about the upcoming around the world aviation quest that will involve 17 stops and over 28,000 miles in a Pilatus PC-12NG. She departs on June 26th. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)
TODAY -- Pictured: Pilot Amelia Rose Earhart (a distant relative of the famed aviator of the same name) appears on NBC News' 'Today' show on August 2, 2013 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 17: Amelia Earhart with a globe and a portrait of her namesake at her Denver home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Earhart has left her television job at KUSA to recreate the 1937 flight of her namesake. She talked about the upcoming around the world aviation quest that will involve 17 stops and over 28,000 miles in a Pilatus PC-12NG. She departs on June 26th. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 17: Amelia Earhart with a map of the world in her study at her Denver home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Earhart has left her television job at KUSA to recreate the 1937 flight of her namesake. She talked about the upcoming around the world aviation quest that will involve 17 stops and over 28,000 miles in a Pilatus PC-12NG. She departs on June 26th. (Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Located in front of the 1860 home where Amelia Earhart was born in 1897
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