Amelia Earhart search ramping up this summer, but will it yield results?

ATCHISON, Kan. - For 75 years, the world has wondered what has happened to Amelia Earhart. This summer, researchers will launch a new effort to answer the question.

Earhart was born in Atchison, Kan. Her birthplace has been turned into a museum, where historian Louise Foudray has some skepticism with this latest search.

The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery announced it will start the search this June. The aircraft disappeared July 2, 1937 in the South Pacific. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, haven't been heard from since.

The U.S. State Department is supporting the search, at a time when an aerial photo of a South Pacific island may show a portion of the plane coming out of the ocean.

Historian Foudray says interest in the Earhart search seems to renew every couple of years, but always turns up nothing.

"I think enough time has gone by now that unless they find the plane pretty much intact, I don't think they'll have an answer," said Foudray.

While Foudray doubts anything will turn up, she says these searches always make more people curious about Earhart, resulting in more museum visitors.

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