Man Files Appeal in 'Amelia Earhart' Lawsuit

In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart�s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation�s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An aircraft recovery group seeks dismissal of a Wyoming man's claim that the group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart's missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet to continue raising funds for the search.

District Judge Scott Skavdahl of Casper in July rejected a lawsuit that Timothy Mellon of Riverside, Wyoming, had filed against the Pennsylvania-based International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery and its director, Richard Gillespie.

Mellon claimed the group found Earhart's plane in 2010 but kept it secret to collect $1 million from him for the search. He is the son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon.

Mellon has asked a federal appeals court in Denver to reverse Skavdahl's decision dismissing his case. The group has asked the appeals court to uphold Skavdahl.

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