FBI Reportedly Accepts New Evidence with Possible Link to DB Cooper
THE FBI has reportedly accepted new evidence that could be linked to the famous DB Cooper case that has stumped investigators for decades.
The New York Daily News reports unnamed private investigators described the evidence as “an odd piece of buried foam,” which may have been used in Cooper’s parachute.
The evidence was found in a mound of dirt in the deep Pacific Northwest mountains in the US nearly two weeks ago, Fox News reports.
The evidence was turned in Friday to the FBI’s Ventura County office by acclaimed Cooper sleuth Tom Colbert, a Los Angeles TV and film producer.
“Well, after six years of gathering information with a 40-member cold case team, I’m ecstatic that they are considering this,” Colbert told Fox News during an interview last week, referring to the FBI.
In 2016, the FBI announced that it was no longer investigating the enduring mystery of the skyjacker known as DB Cooper, nearly 45 years after he vanished out the back of a Boeing 727 into a freezing Northwest rain wearing a business suit, a parachute and a pack with US$200,000 in cash.
Calling the investigation one of the longest and most exhaustive in the agency’s history, the FBI Seattle field office said at the time that it was time to focus on other cases.
The agency said it would preserve evidence from the case at its Washington, DC headquarters, but it doesn’t want further tips unless people find parachutes or Cooper’s money.
In 1971, the night before Thanksgiving, a man calling himself Dan Cooper, wearing a black tie and a suit, boarded a Seattle-bound Boeing 727 in Oregon and told a flight attendant he had a bomb in a briefcase. He gave her a note demanding ransom.
After the plane landed he released the 36 passengers in exchange for $200,000 in ransom money and parachutes. The ransom was paid in $20 notes.
The hijacker then ordered the plane to fly to Mexico, but near the Washington-Oregon border he jumped and was never seen or heard from again.
Nine years later a boy found a rotting package full of $20 notes near the Columbia River on the same border. The $5,800 matched the ransom money serial numbers.
The FBI has never ruled out the possibility that the hijacker was killed in the jump — which took place in a rainstorm at night, in rough wooded terrain. The hijacker’s clothing and footwear were also unsuitable for a rough landing.
Over the years the most lasting image of Cooper, who became somewhat of a legend, may be the two sketches the FBI released of the suspect.