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If we find bones (either the ones sent to Fiji in 1941 or others which may still be on Nikumaroro), it should be possible to make a DNA identification as to whether or not they are Earhart’s. That is possible because there are living blood relatives in the female line. Noonan, unfortunately, is a different story. We know of no living blood relatives, male or female. Neither do we have dental records for Fred. Positive ID of his remains would probably require a fairly intact skull which could be computer-scaled to photographs of him while he was alive.


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