TIGHAR/P. Thrasher

Tom King, senior project archaeologist for TIGHAR, excavates a site on Nikumaroro Island in 1997. In 1991, TIGHAR archaeologists found a shoe heel marked "Cat's Paw Rubber Co. USA" (right). They suspect that the heel and other matching shoe parts they found belonged to Amelia Earhart.
STILL SEARCHING Lady Lindbergh may not have met her demise in the waters of the Pacific after all. On Dec. 4, 1998, at the annual American Anthropological Association (AAA) meeting in Philadelphia, historians and anthropologists associated with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), a nonprofit research, educational, and historic preservation organization based in Wilmington, Del., presented this theoretical scenario for the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan: In 1937, the two crash-landed in the Republic of Kiribati on what's now Nikumaroro Island, a then-uninhabited Polynesian island 400 miles southeast of Howland Island, Earhart's intended final destination. In...

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