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An Unidentified Woman From A 1971 Science Conference Leads Twitter On A Quest To Find Her

An Unidentified Woman From A 1971 Science Conference Leads Twitter On A Quest To Find Her
Updated 2 months ago

Candace Jean Andersen is a writer and illustrator. In her travels through life, she came upon a certain photo that piqued her interest.

She shared it on Twitter last Friday...

For those who are curious, this conference took place between June 10th and 12th, 1971. 

According to a press release issued at the time...

"The meeting was jointly organized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Smithsonian Institution, New York Zoological Society, and the International Biological Program (IBP), Also contributing to its financial support are: the U.S. Department of Commerce; the National Science Foundation; the National Audubon Society; the Environmental Defense Fund; the World Wildlife Fund; the National Wildlife Federation; and the Conservation Foundation."

They go on to explain that the meeting occurred thanks to eight species of 'great whale' being added to the endangered species list. The gathering was filled with government officials and scientists. But who this woman was remained a mystery twenty-four years later.

Someone suggested purchasing the conference's report for clues...

People's interest were piqued...

To continue to encourage people to sleuth, Anderson posted this closeup of the mystery woman...

Which resulted in her being able to narrow some things down...

But Andersen found a new lead...

However, a tip from Dee led Candace on a whole new trail...

And quickly it seemed that this theory may hold water...

Candace started pursuing this angle... hard...

But then, reenter Suzanne Contos! For those who need a reminder, she is who people thought the woman was originally...

But investigating whether or not it was Suzanne led Suzanne to help Candace with her search...

Candace seemed like she might be ready to throw in the towel...

And then there was a big break...

Any guesses?

Candace not only found out who she was, but she also found her!

And now we got to learn about exactly what Sheila Jones was doing there...

Sheila Jones. Icon.