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Dogs to hunt for Amelia Earhart's remains

By T.K. Randall
June 21, 2017 · Comment icon 16 comments

Did Amelia Earhart survive as a castaway on a Pacific island ? Image Credit: Harris and Ewing
The forensic animals will be used to help sniff out the aviator's final resting place on Nikumaroro.
When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra in 1937, the question of what happened to her would go on to become one of the most enduring mysteries of the modern age.

In recent years however, clues have been found suggesting that Earhart's plane may have gone down somewhere in the remote Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro and that the aviator and her navigator Fred Noonan may have even survived for several days on a small island while awaiting rescue.

Now a new expedition led by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery ( TIGHAR ) is hoping to prove this theory once and for all by journeying to the island and using sniffer dogs to search for the famed aviator's remains.
It will be the group's 12th expedition to search for Earhart in more than 30 years of investigating.

"No other technology is more sophisticated than the dogs," said National Geographic archaeologist Fred Hiebert. "They have a higher rate of success identifying things than ground-penetrating radar."

If the team does find bones on the island, they will be shipped back to the United States so that tests can be run to compare the DNA with that or Earhart's closest living relative.

If there is a match then they will have solved one of the modern world's most enduring mysteries.

Source: National Geographic | Comments (16)

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Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
While this may be true, it sounds funny - "No other technology is more sophisticated than the dogs,"
Comment icon #8 Posted by Almighty Evan 7 years ago
There's another theory that her body was found in 1940...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Adampadum123 7 years ago
I think the mystery itself should just carry on mysteries or what keeps our imaginations alive
Comment icon #10 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
I think it is likely that this one could be solved.   At least part of it.    I think the best bet is that she spent her final days on Nikumaroro island.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by Adampadum123 7 years ago
every few years somebody tries to solve this case and unfortunately they never find anything new the last one I heard is that a cannibal tribe killed them an ate them 
Comment icon #12 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
I wonder if the group has something with her scent on it?  I guess cadaver dogs can find bones and the like otherwise.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
Interesting, and I wonder why it hasn't been thought of before? (to be fair, I didn't think of it either, but I'm not that smart)
Comment icon #14 Posted by Adampadum123 7 years ago
I mean how do they know for certain we're the plane went down there's no trace evidence and can dogs pick up a scent from all them years ago 
Comment icon #15 Posted by DebDandelion 7 years ago
nearly exact match as the remains found on Nikumaroro.   anyone else.find this sentence contradictory? 
Comment icon #16 Posted by Darkenpath25 7 years ago
Who knows if this could be true , Maybe since its reported that dogs can sniff out cancer sniffing a bandage .

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