‘Credible Lead’ In 40-Year-Old D.B. Cooper Airline Hijacking (Update)

August 1, 2011

One of America’s greatest unsolved crimes in which a hijacker parachuted out of a plane with $200000 ransom money has a credible new lead according to the FBI.  Famed hijacker DB Cooper disappeared when he jumped out of a plane over Washington with $200,000 dollars in ransom  the night before Thanksgiving, 1971.  His fate remains unknown, although law enforcement have previously said they believe he died the night he jumped. 

The FBI said it had its ‘most promising’ lead so far in identifying ‘DB Cooper’ that an FBI spokesman says “comes from a credible lead who came to our attention recently via a law enforcement colleague.’

The spokesman cautioned investigators were not on the verge of breaking the case, explaining: ‘With any lead our first step is to assess how credible it is.

‘Having this come through another law enforcement (agency), having looked it over when we got it – it seems pretty interesting.’

An item belonging to the suspect has been sent for testing at FBI labs in Quantico, Virginia, and may yield his fingerprints.

Update: The new unnamed suspect died 10 years ago from natural causes, according to an FBI spokesman. Interestingly he also reported injuries from what he said was an auto accident in 1971—the same year the man known as “D.B. Cooper” hijacked the airplane. The FBI via the Seattle Times also said that a guitar strap belonging to the man failed to produce fingerprints for comparison with those from the airplane; however, the agency is working with the suspect’s family to obtain new prints.


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