But just recently, according to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), Amelia had an emergency landing in a tropical island of southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati. Author of the book "Finding Amelia," and his crew have been searching the Nikumaroro island for evidence of Earhart. It is a tiny coral atoll; in fact it is some 300 miles southeast of Earhart's target destination, Howland Island. TIGHAR would suggest that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, made a forced landing when the plane had run out of fuel and crashed on the island's smooth, flat coral reef. And eventually became castaways and died in that place.
A woman's shoe, an empty bottle and a sextant box whose serial numbers are consistent with a type known to have been carried by Noonan were all found near the site where the bones were discovered..
"The reason why they found a partial skeleton is that many of the bones had been carried off by giant coconut crabs. There is a remote chance that some of the bones might still survive deep in crab burrows" - was according to Gillespie (TIGHAR executive and author.)
Such promising news! Amelia's disappearance will not be a mystery anymore.