New Details Emerge in Amelia Earhart Disappearance

Images and information point to Japanese capture.

This morning, NBC's Today show released information from a documentary that will be aired on Sunday night on the History Channel revealing new evidence regarding the mysterious disappearance of famed pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan during their attempt to fly around the world in July 1937. During the past 80 years, the disappearance has stumped investigators, and millions of dollars have been spent searching for the remains of Earhart's Lockheed Electra and its occupants.

The documentary explores a newly uncovered image, shown on the Today show clip above, from the Marshall Islands, which is where the searches have been conducted as the last radio calls from Earhart came from their vicinity. The image shows what appears to be two caucasians, possibly Earhart and Noonan, on a dock, evidence that could indicate that the two aviators were captured by the Japanese and died in their custody – a hypothesis that has been explored since the 1940s.

Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence airs Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET on History.