updated: 3/20/2012 7:23:10 AM
The U.S. State Department is expected to announce this morning that it will be involved in a search for the Purdue Research Foundation-funded plane of Amelia Earhart. The legendary aviator was on leave from Purdue when she disappeared during a flight in 1937.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation at this morning's announcement.
The Wall Street Journal reports they will unveil a joint public-private search to begin in July.
The half-million dollar effort is expected to be financed through private funds.
Purdue has a strong connection to the aviation pioneer. Earhart joined the university's staff as a women's career counselor in 1935.
The George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers is housed at Purdue.
Source: The U.S. Department of State, Purdue University