She was an ambitious woman, a daring explorer and a great inspiration for fellow pilots. Amelia Earhart wasn’t an ordinary pilot; she was one of those few people who wanted to go to extra lengths with little or no resources. When it comes to the aviation legends, she’s still regarded as an icon. What makes her more famous is the fact that she went missing over 70 years ago during one of her around-the-world trips.
Since then, scientists, fans and archaeologists have been working their butts off, to thwart the myths surrounding her disappearance. One thing is for sure that she’s not alive. It has been way too long since her mysterious disappearance. What we are not sure of are those series of incidents that lead to her ill-fated demise.
A team of British Columbia scientists is trying to create a DNA profile of Ms. Earhart. They have some of those letters in their possession that Amelia Earhart used to send to her loved ones. An attempt at successful DNA extraction implies if they can chip off her dried saliva from the envelope seals. In this case the DNA samples can be easily contained and proceeded with.
Some time back, a small number of bone fragments were discovered on the South Pacific Islands. Discoverers of these fragments believe those fragments to be those of the legendary pilot. However, since there was no concrete evidence to it, the DNA structure from letters can render useful on the contrary. All they have to do is match the DNA samples from the letters and the ones collected from the bone fragments off of South Pacific Islands.
If it is a perfect or near perfect match, the 74-year-old mystery will be solved (completely or to some extent). Fortunately, the recovered letters were opened at their sides. Someone used a letter opener to open them, which means that the actual seal on the back side of each letter is intact.
By the way, Elgen Long is known to have 400 of Amelia Earhart letters in his possession. One of those letters was written by Amelia to her mother, when she was traveling through Omaha. She was more of loner, so a secretary or agent was less likely to accompany her during those adventures. Chances are that the letters were sealed close by Amelia herself.