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New picture raises questions about the fate of Kansas native Amelia Earhart

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People around the world are fascinated by an 80-year-old photo that some believe solves one of history's biggest mysteries, which surrounds Amelia Earhart’s crash in the Pacific.

People believe the picture proves Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, survived their crash landing in the Pacific.

KCTV5 News spoke with Earhart historians at her birthplace in Atchison, Kansas to find out what they think of the picture.

In Atchison, there's a newfound energy resonating in visitors and locals who hope to find answers about Earhart’s death.

Connecticut native Janie McNamara and her husband found themselves in Earhart’s birthplace at the same time a development unfolded in a mystery older than WWII.

“Being here today and being in Atchison is kind of nostalgic,” McNamara said. “I kind of feel a little weepy about it because she’s such an iconic figure in our country and for women especially.”

With the rediscovered photo coming to the surface, many have hope that the 80-year-old mystery will be solved.

Museum Director Travis Grossman said many people on the streets of Atchison are used to hearing theories and this one does raise questions.  

“If this photograph, which came from the National Archives, is obviously legitimate, how did these individuals know about this so many years ago?” Grossman said. How were we not necessarily aware of that information?”

As far as if he believes whether the people in the photo are indeed Earhart and her navigator, he said it does back up the 1960s theory that the Japanese found her.  

“When you look at the picture, you can almost see an airplane in tow and a barge behind it. Things just start falling in place and you think it’s very plausible that this could be the real deal.”

Amelia Earhart enthusiast Alex Mandel, came all the way from the Ukraine to see the museum for the eighth time.

He said the new discovery is exciting. “I’m glad that this photo was found and gave a new discussion over what happened to Amelia,” he explained.

It’s a photo that’s giving a glimmer of hope that the mystery of Earhart's fate may finally be solved.

“We always knew there was more to the story, but maybe even some other things that no one knew about is kind of breathtaking."

On Thursday, the museum received news from the National Archives that they will get a copy of the photograph to put on display. 

Every year, Atchison holds its Amelia Earhart Festival. This year, it will be held on July 14 and 15 to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Earhart's flight across the Atlantic Ocean. There will be an outdoor concert, a fun run, food, and plenty of history.

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