Little did most of America know that several organizations – privately funded – have been studying or excavating Gardner Island in the South Pacific for years in search of Amelia Earhart. The largest push is through The Earhart Project of TIGHAR.
Artifacts have been accumulated in 9 separate archaeological digs over time and the 120 radio signals sent out at the time of Earhart’s disappearance have been shown to be likely real. Naval and Coast Guard officials had dismissed them as phoney or in error back in July 1937.
Some authors propose a government cover up, Earhart’s flight and emergency landing used to distract the growing AXIS Powers from American actions before entering World War II.
We hope to see recovery of Amelia Earhart’s plane before the end of 2012, the project funded completely by donations of $2,000,000. Most of the funding has been collected.
Closure for families in a memorial service, and a national monument or national historic registration of the landing site would be appropriate at the end of this long-time mystery.