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Aussie aviator searches for skeleton in Fiji

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, April 25, 2013

AUSTRALIAN entertainer, adventurer and pilot Michael Young has scheduled a pit stop in Fiji while conducting a round-the-world flight on his American-built Mooney aircraft.

The 56-year-old's Fiji layover is to search for the remains of American aviator Amelia Earhart who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in a Lockheed Electra aircraft.

"There is strong evidence to suggest that a box of skeletal remains brought to Fiji in a wooden box in July 1937 could be that of Amelia Earhart or her navigator Fred Noonan. My research has uncovered that the box was brought to a hospital in Fiji or the museum while in the care of Doctor Hoodless," Mr Young said.

"The remains were taken to the hospital for tests and have never been seen since. I believe the box is in Fiji — either at the hospital archives or the museum or possibly with the Hoodless family."

He said the remains were found on Gardner Island now known as Nikumaroro — part of the Phoenix Islands, Kiribati.

He is scheduled to arrive in mid-July.