UT professor investigates Amelia Earhart's disappearance

Knoxville, Tennessee The disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart 80 years ago spawned an investigation led by a professor at the University of Tennessee.

Local 8 News Anchor Alan Williams looked into the mystery and where it might lead.

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart was flying over the Pacific Ocean and running low on fuel. After a brief conversation with a Coast Guard Cutter, she was never heard from again.

Now, a University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropologist says his investigation might uncover evidence that she died on a Pacific Island.

"We concluded that the bones were consistent with that of Amelia Earhart", said Jantz.

Dr. Richard Jantz is part of the investigating team known as the International Group for Historic Aircraft. The group studies Earhart's disappearance.

The researchers think Earhart ditched her plane off what was then called Gardner Island and died there.

A report on bones found on the island in 1940 dispute what Jantz believes. Now, he's working on providing more evidence to support his theory which could be released in the months to come.