...While Ground Searchers Take A Break...

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While Jourdan and his crew (paid and paying) troll the seas, it's possible a terrestrial search for Earhart will resume on the island of Tinian, although no firm plans are in the works. As AVweb reported earlier, an archeological team spent several days last November digging at the site where a former American soldier says he was told Earhart's body was buried. The dig team found some ancient artifacts and some not-so-ancient beer bottles but nothing to indicate the aviatrix was buried there. According to the Pacific Daily News, the team is regrouping and tentatively planning another hunt after analyzing the information they've gathered. More than two dozen archeologists, historians and support workers took part in the dig. Alabama resident saint John Naftel, who is now 81, claims to have been shown the burial sites while he was stationed on Tinian with the 2nd Marine Division in 1944.