Seattle-area forensics expert helping with Amelia Earhart search

Amelia Earhart

A forensics expert from Woodinville may have found the key to unlocking the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.

This summer, a crew will launch a $2 million search for Earhart's plane, which disappeared over the South Pacific in 1937 as she was attempting a flight around the world, based in part on what Jeff Glickman of Woodinville sees in a 74-year-old photo taken by a British civil service officer.

Glickman, 51, is a forensic examiner who uses technical analysis on photographs or other visual images, usually for clients such as law firms or scientific organizations.

He’s helping Delaware-based TIGHAR, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which has been pursuing leads in the search for Earhart since the late 1980s.

In a 1937 picture taken just off of a Pacific atoll, Glickman said, his analysis shows something that he believes is plane wreckage in the water. “The last part is a tire, which is located on an angle at the top,” Glickman said, as he pointed to a spot on the photo.

By enhancing the image, he said, you can see parts of a plane. “You can see the landing (gear) … and the tire,” he said.

TIGHAR plans to search off of the atoll this summer, as far as 3,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.

Glickman said if the parts do belong to Earhart's plane, he will try to arrange for the artifacts to be donated to the United States and displayed at the Smithsonian.

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