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Earhart 'hair' just a thread

2009-10-20 20:09

Cleveland - A Cleveland museum has learned that what it thought was a lock of hair from Amelia Earhart is just thread.

A group looking for DNA evidence of the pioneer aviator on a Pacific island recently asked the International Women's Air and Space Museum for a sample of the "hair" for comparison. Museum executive director Toni Mullee said an analysis determined the specimen was thread that looked like hair, according to WJW-TV.

Mullee says the museum acquired the artefact 20 years ago from the Smithsonian Institution, which got it from a Pennsylvania man. The museum has had it on exhibit next to a book with an anecdote about a White House maid who saved some Earhart hair from a wastebasket.

Mullee said the thread will stay on display, with a full explanation.