The fate of aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time

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80 years ago, while flying over the South Pacific, the duo vanished while heading east from Papua New Guinea

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In Earhart’s final radio communication, she said they were running low on gas, which led people to believe they’d most likely crashed at sea

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But a formerly top secret photograph might just hold the key to unlocking the truth about what really happened

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The picture shows what appears to be Earhart and Noonan in the Marshall Islands, which were then occupied by the Japanese

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Experts believe the man’s nose and hairline match Noonan’s

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The woman also appears to have the same iconic short hair as Earhart

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Furthermore, the picture shows a Japanese warship towing something that resembles Earhart’s plane

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Many people continue to believe that Earhart and Noonan were captured by the Japanese

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But this is the first time a photograph has emerged that seemingly supports such a claim

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Has the mystery of Earhart and Noonan finally been solved?

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