All the new developments we have now may have cleared up the decades-long mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Prof. Richard Jantz, a professor at the University of Tennessee, believed that he can prove a popular theory and dispel many others.
Though there have been many wild and wonderful speculations on her untimely disappearance, this discovery might finally be the answer to any questions historians and fans alike may have had.
Because of her reputation as a symbol of equality, Earhart has been portrayed multiple times in pop culture. “Amelia” by Joni Mitchell speaks about Earhart’s disappearance. “I was thinking of Amelia Earhart and addressing it from one solo pilot to another… sort of reflecting on the cost of being a woman,” wrote Mitchell.
We’ve also seen her depicted in movies such as "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" and "Amelia", by Amy Adams and Hilary Swank.
Her Car Was Stolen and Found in L.A.
Astonishingly, decades after Earhart went missing, her vintage car also disappeared in 2018. The world only has 14 models of the green and black 1932 Hudson Essex Terraplane. Earhart’s was reportedly stolen from car collector Jim Somers. The vehicle was discovered less than a week later in an L.A. neighborhood.
Earhart advocated for the car during the Great Depression. After salvaging and refurbishing the car, Somers’ model is now worth anything between $250,000 and half a million dollars.
There is not enough evidence to prove that this really happened, and most people had forgotten about the Nikumaroro bones since the 1940s when Jantz took a fresh look at them through a collection of photographs.
Even though he didn’t have the physical bones to study, Jantz was convinced that through a computer program he could determine both the gender and ancestry of the person.
It's a Match
Using the photos and the measurements of the bones, Jantz spent a long time inspecting the bones and compared them to Amelia’s weight and height at the time of her disappearance.
After assembling all the information he could find from documents about Amelia Earhart and the photos, he was convinced that it was her.