Though many people were swayed to believe TIGHAR once this information was released, there were several detractors who weren’t so sure about the validity of Gillespie’s declaration. One detractor was known to have said that “everybody should have facts to back up [their] opinion.” According to them, Mr. Gillespie had nothing to prove his opinion to be true.
Even so, TIGHAR had also found a pot of ointment that looked like Dr. Berry’s Freckle Ointment. Earhart was known to have freckles and “considered them unattractive”, Gillespie remarked. Gillespie believed that she had taken it with her on the flight.
Has the Truth Finally Been Uncovered?
After many years and being puzzled by the outcomes, a group of researchers believed that they may have finally solved Earhart’s unfortunate disappearance. Well, we do not have to wonder any longer.
The mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance may have finally been decoded.
Lockheed Electra Spotted
Something else that has baffled researchers has been the disappearance of Earhart’s plane. Although the Lockheed Electra has never been discovered, a group of scavengers came across what they thought to be part of the wreckage in 1991. The International Group of Historic Aircraft Recovery, known as TIGHAR, discovered the aluminum piece on the island of Nikumaroro.
In 2014, TIGHAR’s executive director Ric Gillespie expressed that scientists had determined that the historical object was definitely a piece of Earhart’s missing plane.
Died at Sea?
The most plausible theory for many years, and the official U.S. position on Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, is that while she was flying across the Pacific Ocean, she ran out of fuel during her trip and crashed somewhere in the open sea.
This meant that the Electra never made it to Howland Island, which is where Amelia Earhart was trying to get to in order to stock up on much-needed fuel.
Even to this day, there are search teams that make regular expeditions to the Howland Island vicinity in search of Amelia's plane. However, this is just one theory, there are a few others that have come to light over the years.
Another curious tale that was told around this time was the theory says that Amelia Earhart was a spy sent on a secret mission by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.