Possibly died as a castaway.
Gillespie said recent advances in DNA extraction from touched objects might help solve the mystery surrounding Earhart’s crash.
"If DNA from the recovered objects matches the Earhart reference sample now held by the DNA lab we've been working with, we'll have what most people would consider to be conclusive evidence that Amelia Earhart spent her last days on Nikumaroro," he said.I hope it is; I'm sure her surviving family members would be at peace. But what a way to go; on a deserted island, possibly injured and alone. Dying alone would have to be the worst part of it.The area seems to be where British Colonial Service Officer Gerald Gallagher discovered a partial skeleton of a castaway in 1940. A forensic report describing the remains said they were likely those of a white female of northern European extraction, roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall -- a description matching Amelia Earhart.