Internet Sleuth Apparently Debunks Amelia Earhart Photo 'Evidence' in 30 Minutes
The photo was found to have come from a Japanese travel book, and taken long before she disappeared.
The photo that made headlines around the world amid claims that it depicted legendary pilot Amelia Earhart following her disappearance has apparently been discredited, thanks to a blogger.
The photo came to light with the History Channel documentary, Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence, which featured the photo of a woman sitting at a dock who the show claimed was the missing pilot and her navigator, Fred Noonan, in Japanese captivity sometime after their baffling disappearance during a 1937 flight.
A military history blogger named Kota Yamano now claims the crucial photo appeared in a Japanese-language travel book that was published in 1935.
"So the photo was taken at least two years before Amelia Earhart disappeared," he wrote. The person in the photo "was not her."
The book can be viewed online in the Japanese government archives.
The blogger says that he simply sat down at his computer, typed in a few key search words and some dates, and the book with the photo in it was the tenth hit that came up.
Yamano says it took him all of 30 minutes to debunk the suggestion that Earhart is in the photo.
In 1935, the year the book was published, Earhart was at the height of her fame. She had just become the first person to fly from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.
A History Channel spokesman tells Inside Edition they have "a team of investigators exploring the latest developments about Amelia Earhart and we will be transparent in our findings.
"Ultimately, historical accuracy is most important to us and our viewers."
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