Skeleton found 76 years ago could be of Amelia Earhart

FILE - In this June 6, 1937, file photo, Amelia Earhart, the American airwoman who is flying round the world for fun, arrived at Port Natal, Brazil, and took off on her 2,240-mile flight across the South Atlantic to Dakar, Africa. A group investigating the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart announced on Oct. 22, 2016, that it has uncovered another connection between the pioneering female pilot and a body found 76 years ago on a remote Pacific island. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this June 6, 1937, file photo, Amelia Earhart, the American airwoman who is flying round the world for fun, arrived at Port Natal, Brazil, and took off on her 2,240-mile flight across the South Atlantic to Dakar, Africa. A group investigating the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart announced on Oct. 22, 2016, that it has uncovered another connection between the pioneering female pilot and a body found 76 years ago on a remote Pacific island. (AP Photo, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A group investigating the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart says it’s uncovered another similarity between the pioneering pilot and a body found 76 years ago on a remote Pacific island.

But The International Group for Historic Aircraft Discovery says its finding doesn’t prove the body is Earhart’s.

The group says a forensic analysis of a photo of Earhart shows a match between the size of her bones and those of the skeleton found in 1940 on Gardner Island in Kirbati. A 1998 analysis found a general similarity between the bones and a female of Earhart’s type.

Some critics insist the Pennsylvania-based group hasn’t found anything tied to Earhart.

Earhart’s plane vanished over the Pacific while she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937.

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