The story of Amelia Earhart has had people baffled for decades, almost a century! It’s been 80 years since this legendary woman set out to circumnavigate the globe and disappeared.
Amelia Earhart was officially pronounced dead in 1939. She and her copilot’s remains were never found – nor was her plane. The mystery of Amelia and her copilot Fred Noonan has people baffled all over the world. However, recent photos that were discovered in the national archives has people freaking out. On an NBC special they ran a segment on an upcoming History Channel special on Earhart.
WATCH: “This could rewrite history.” Investigators uncover new photo that they believe shows Amelia Earhart alive in Japanese custody pic.twitter.com/QmH1NX3uzJ
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The history documentary revealed that an investigator named Les Kinney found a formerly top secret photo in the National Archives. The photo was taken in 1937 on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands. This area was under Japanese control at the time. In the photo you can see two people who match Earhart and Noonan’s description. According to an expert in the documentary, a woman with short hair and pants are reminiscent of Earhart’s iconic style. The Man in the photo also has an identical hairline and nose as Noonan.
The researchers and experts also point out that the Japanese warship in the background was pulling something that seemed to be the same length as Amelia’s airplane.
“For decades, locals have claimed they saw Earhart’s plane crash before she and Noonan were taken away,” NBC News wrote of the History Channel documentary. “Native schoolkids insisted they saw Earhart in captivity. The story was even documented in postage stamps issued in the 1980s.”
The makers of the documentary believe that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan may have been taken captive by the Japanese because they suspected they were spies. They believe they might’ve been imprisoned by the Japanese on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, where they might have died.