One of the greatest mysteries in history may be solved. The photo was purportedly taken days after Earhart crash-landed on a remote South Pacific atoll. Earhart traveled with navigatorFred Noonan. The Japanese ship, the Koshu, can be seen in the background towing what investigators believe could be Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane.
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Legendary aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 has baffled people for decades, but new photo evidence has emerged suggesting that she may not have gone missing at all, and instead wound up on the Marshall Islands.
Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonanin May 1937. The man, believed to be Noonan is facing the camera in the photo.
Now, the photo is blurry, and there's no mention in the handwritten caption of who's in the picture, but History consulted some forensic analysts, who think it's "very likely" that it's of Noonan and Earhart.
Also, the more substantive evidence comes from the alleged Noonan appearance in the photo - showing a receding hairline and similar features, NBC News writes.
"The nose is very prominent". There's also the notion that if an American spy took the photo of Earhart and Noonan, the USA government wouldn't be at liberty to say one way or the other. The evidence will appear in a History Channel documentary which airs Sunday night at 9 p.m.
Investigators believe the photo, which they say may have been taken by a US spy, confirms that the iconic aviator was captured by Japanese military in the Pacific.
According to NBC News, Shawn Henry, an analyst for the network and former executive assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, "studied the photo and feels confident it shows the famed pilot and her navigator".
"People take photos and interpret them, and they're free to do that", Cochrane said.
Facial recognition experts also told the news channel that they believe that the hairline of a man standing at far left in the photo matches that of Noonan, and the torso measurements and short hair of a person sitting on the dock matches that of Earhart.
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