September 2, 2014
“Why don’t we go around the world and find the people who worked with Amelia Earhart and see what we can learn?”
That was the question that for three decades has fueled 83 year-old Earhart scholar, Elgen Long. Although the remains of Earhart and her twin-engine plane have never been recovered, Long isn’t giving up.
“We collected 25,000 pieces of paper, over 3,000 photographs and over 300 hours of taped interviews from the people who actually worked with her on her flight when she disappeared,” says Long.
Long believes the answers are in those papers, specifically the letters sent from Earhart herself. The envelopes that contained those letters were cut using a letter opener. Long’s theory is the still sealed envelopes contain traces of Earhart’s saliva and DNA. He’s now teamed up with researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada. If his theory pans out, the team could soon have a better understanding of Earhart’s genetic profile in the near future.