DB Cooper Breakthrough

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 9:04am

Investigators say they have a new lead in the infamous DB Cooper skyjacking.

For 40 years, he's been America's most elusive fugitive, but the FBI reportedly has a new lead in the mysterious case of D.B. Cooper.

A man calling himself Dan Cooper bought a ticket from Portland to Seattle the night before Thanksgiving, 1971.

In flight, he claimed to have a bomb and demanded money and parachutes.

On the ground in Seattle he released the passengers then ordered the crew to take him to Mexico.

Once airborne again, he soon jumped out with the $200,000 in ransom money.

Years later some of that cash washed ashore along Washington's Columbia River, but Cooper remains elusive.

Now an FBI official says a tip has led them to a promising new suspect whose fingerprints and DNA are being checked against traces found on that old evidence like the clip-on tie left on the plane by the hijacker.

The author of a new book about the case has doubts the print evidence found on the plane can ever provide a good match.

"The problem with the prints is that there are just too many prints, and the prints that the FBI's been able to find aren't necessarily good ones," says "Skyjack" author Geoffrey Gray.

The FBI does not dispute proving a connection may be tough, and admit that both "Cooper" and the new suspect are likely already dead.
 

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