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AMELIA EARHART SEARCH TEAM RETURNS TO FIJI WITHOUT CLUE

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The Amelia Earhart search team returned to Suva, Fiji, Saturday with no conclusive evidence regarding the fate of the missing American aviatrix and her navigator, Fred Noonam. They disappeared over the Pacific Ocean without a trace during the final leg of a 1937 round-the-world flight. One theory is the pair were executed as U.S. spies by the Japanese military after landing on the Japanese-controlled Marshall Island. In a statement issued from their ship, the Pacific Nomad moored in Suva harbor, expedition leader Richard Gillespie said the team had recovered 19 artifacts from the islands of Nikumaroro and McKean, in the Phoenix Group. These artifacts will be subject to analysis to determine if any were from Earhart's aircraft. (See related story on A20.)