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Call off the search party, we might have found her. 

That's right, scientists believe that they may have found the body of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean and the woman at the heart of one of aviation's greatest mysteries. Missing for nearly 80 years, Earhart has long been thought to have died in a plane crash in 1937, but new evidence has revealed that she may have landed safetly and died as a castaway on the island of Kiribati. 

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The development in the case came when re-analyzed a partial skeleton found on the Kiribati in 1940. While these bones had been ruled out in the 40s, scientists now say that these bones were “consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin.” More recently, anthropologist Richard Jantz noticed that the skeleton's forearms were larger than average. Of course, without Earhart around to measure, determining the size of the pilot's forearms would be difficult. 

Analysists at TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) used photograpic analysis to determine the size of Earhart's forearms. What'd they discover? The estimated size of Earhart's forearms and the size of the skeleton's were nearly identical. 

Case closed? Well, not exactly. It doesn't definitively prove what happened to Earhart, but it's definitely something. 

Read TIGHAR's full report here

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Researchers have identified "with a high degree of certainty" that this piece of metal found in 1991 was a part of Amelia Earhart's plane, which disappeared July 2, 1937.

According to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 77 years ago, the aluminum sheet is a patch of metal installed on the Electra during the aviator's eight-day stay in Miami, which was the fourth stop on her attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
If true, based on where the metal was found, it would mean that Amelia Earhart didn't crash and rather "the two became castaways and eventually died on the atoll, which is some 350 miles southeast of Howland Island."

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The search for Amelia Earhart is back on thanks to the State Department and $500k in private funds.

Kicked off at a State Department event celebrating "Amelia Earhart and the United States’ ties to our Pacific neighbors," the search for the aviation pioneer, who disappeared 75 years ago over the South Pacific, will focus on the theory that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, landed in the vicinity of the Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro, formerly known as Gardner Island.

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is scheduled to meet today with members of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery -- the group leading the new search, which will begin in earnest this July to coincide with the anniversary of Earhart and Noonan's fateful flight.

[msnbc / cbsnews.]