Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, former Presidential candidate, policy pioneer, passionate women's rights activist, and a real, live Leslie Knope for the world outside of Pawnee, IN, has decided to add another hat to the 50 or so she's already wearing: historical investigator. Thanks to new clues in the search for the truth about the fate about Amelia Earhardt, Hillary herself will head to the site of some intriguing wreckage in hopes of helping finally solve the mystery of the fate of the woman who would have been the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe.
Amelia Earhart was 39 when she set off on her fateful final journey. Seventy-five years ago this July, she and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared somewhere between Lae, New Guinea and Howland Island in the South Pacific.
The Los Angeles Times recalls that then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a massive manhunt for the missing pilot, sending 9 Navy ships and 66 airplanes after her. Not a trace was found.
Clues have surfaced in the ensuing decades— a finger bone of indeterminate origin that yielded inconclusive results, unsubstantiated reports of a fisherman discovering the wreckage. Conspiracy theories abounded. Some speculated that Earhart was actually a spy captured by the Japanese in the lead-up to the Second World War. But now, researchers think they may have found the real wreckage of the plane on the remote island of Nikumaroro, in the island nation of Kirbati. A recently snapped photo of the area shows what appear to be two pieces of plane sticking out of the water.
Clinton will accompany researchers on their journey to Nikumaroro, using the trip as both an opportunity to sate her curiosity and to praise Earhart's legacy.
On one hand, I love solving a good mystery as much as the next person who grew up with a borderline-unhealthy obsession with PBS's Ghostwriter, but on the other, a part of me hopes we never find out what really happened to Amelia Earhart. That way, we can imagine that she lived to a ripe old age on a peaceful island drinking coconut milk from straws of indeterminate origin while monkey butlers fan her with palm fronds.