In 1940, some bones were discovered on the island of Nikumaroro. The bones were discovered by rescue teams that were on a mission on the Pacific island.
The team was set on finding Earhart, and they strongly believed that the bones were her remains as this area was on her flight path.
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.
I Spy With My Little Eye
This theory states that after successfully completing her mission, Amelia Earhart returned to the United States of America and had to spend the rest of her days in hiding under the alias of Irene Bolam.
Whatever the case may be, this is just a tall tale with no factual evidence to back it up.
Were They Hers?
Scientists did all they could to determine the identity of the bones that were found on Nikumaroro Island. They so desperately wanted to prove that the bones were indeed Amelia Earhart’s, however, the evidence suggested otherwise. The distinguishing features pointed toward the bones belonging to a man.
But since then, the art of forensics has significantly developed over the years, and new studies have produced newfangled results.
Many historians have held on to the belief that Amelia Earhart was captured by the Japanese during her journey across the Pacific based on the image below. This photograph allegedly shows Earhart and her flying partner Fred Noonan on the Jaluit Harbor of the Marshall Islands.
Amy B Wang of the Post alludes to “a figure with Earhart’s haircut and approximate body type [sitting] on the dock, facing away from the camera.” The photo is still the center of the heated discussion to this day.