March 20, 2012
The reef at Nikumaroro, Kiribati, is pictured in this October 1937 photograph released on March 21, 2012. Scientists announced a new search to resolve the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, saying fresh evidence from the remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of the renowned pilot, who vanished in 1937 while attempting to circle the globe. International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) Executive Director Ric Gillespie said that new analysis of the photo appeared to show what could be the undercarriage of a Lockheed Electra airplane, such as the one that Earhart was flying, emerging from a reef. The anomaly on the reef that could be wreckage is on the left between the beach and the open water.