Amelia Earhart’s lost evidence might include info from Kentuckians

Two Kentuckians have said they know first-hand what happened to Amelia Earhart — and their opinions are wildly different.

The mysterious disappearance of the American aviator is front and center once again this summer with a much talked-about History Channel documentary. There’s new evidence related to the theory that she didn’t die when she vanished over the Pacific Ocean 80 years ago.

One piece of the puzzle actually comes from an Ashland nurse.

In a first-person article for the Courier-Journal Magazine in January 1962 and recounted in a 1997 Courier-Journal article, Nina L. Paxton wrote that she heard Earhart’s first SOS from the South Pacific about 24 hours after the plane was lost.

“She said they (Earhart and her navigator, Capt. Fred Noonan) had lost their course” and ended up on a small island, Paxton wrote. “As I understood it, her plane had run out of gas.”

Paxton, an amateur short-wave-radio operator, insisted that Earhart’s plane had gone down near Mill atoll, at an isolated point directly northeast of a part of the Marshall Islands.

 

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