36-Year-Old Case Remains Open To This Day
The FBI has released new information
it hopes will finally identify infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper. On
Monday, the FBI website included a press release about the new
"reignited" Cooper case.
It says new techniques such as DNA testing have re-energized the
search, and the FBI is asking the public's help.
"Who was Cooper? Did he survive the jump? We're providing new
information and pictures and asking for your help in solving the
case," the FBI said.
The FBI's move is the latest development in the continued saga
of the notorious hijacker -- who many consider to be a modern-day
Robin Hood. D.B. Cooper skyrocketed to folk hero status on November
24, 1971 when he hijacked a Northwest Orient 727, demanded $200,000
and four parachutes, then bailed out somewhere above southwest
He was never found, though some of the money was discovered
along the Columbia River by an 8-year-old boy in 1980.
Numerous people have claimed to know who the real Cooper is, but
all those suggestions have been eliminated -- some by DNA found on
the black J.C. Penny tie Cooper left behind on the plane. It's also
unlikely that Cooper is the man's real name; even the "D.B." part
is in dispute, as the hijacker registered for his flight under the
name "Dan Cooper" -- the "D.B." was later attributed to a
The Cooper case is the only unsolved airline hijacking case in
the nation... and continues to attract those who insist they know
Cooper's true identity. As ANN reported in October
2006, Lyle Christiansen told New York magazine he
firmly believed his late brother, Kenneth, was the famed hijacker
-- and produced some compelling evidence.
Still, the mystery remains unsolved to this day... and the FBI
is asking people to study new photographs and information to see if
it "triggers a memory."
"Maybe a hydrologist can use the latest technology to trace the
$5,800 in ransom money found in 1980 to where Cooper landed
upstream," special agent Larry Carr said. "Or maybe someone just
remembers that odd uncle."