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.
More Hard-hitting Evidence
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.
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.
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.
Discovery of Bones
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.