More Rumors Of Earhart Gravesite
New hopes have sprung that the graves of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may next spring be confirmed "found," ending a 66-year-old mystery. Earhart and Noonan went missing in 1937 on a flight from Papua New Guinea to Howland for a fuel stop in what was to be the last leg of a round-the-world flight. The (latest) key to the mystery might be in the wartime memories of an 81-year-old war veteran from Alabama. Saint John Naftel was with the 2nd Marine Division on Tinian in 1944 when a man who claimed to have participated in the burial of the flyers pointed out to him the burial site on the island of Tinian. Historian Jennings Bunn told Guam's Pacific Daily News that Naftel kept the information to himself during the war and when he tried to tell people later he was dismissed. About six months ago a friend of Naftel's managed to convince Guam officials to listen to Naftel's story and the veteran was flown to the islands earlier this month. According to Bunn, he pointed out the spot where he was told the graves lie but the archeological dig won't take place for a few months, after the rainy season is over.