A viewer recognized the Hudson Essex Terraplane from a television news report and notified authorities around 10:15 p.m. that the car was parked near Alhambra Avenue and Lombardy Boulevard in the El Sereno neighborhood, Officer Luis Garcia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said on Feb. 27.
The car, which the owner pegs at a value of $500,000, will be processed for evidence, Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin said.
No arrests had been made.
The owner reported to police that the car once belonged to Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to fly alone nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.
“He says he has paperwork to prove it,” McMullin said.
On Friday, Feb. 23, the green and black Essex Terraplane was inside a trailer that was taken from an industrial complex’s parking lot at 1200 W. Collins Ave.
Police released surveillance video Feb. 26 showing the truck they believe belongs to the thieves.
Anyone with a tip on the case was asked to call Orange PD.