The FBI has just accepted new evidence that could be linked to the famous D.B. Cooper disappearance that left investigators scratching their heads. The New York Daily News reported that investigators called the evidence “an odd piece of buried foam” in the Pacific Northwest mountains that could have been used in Cooper’s parachute.
After being turned in to the local FBI office, the news made its way to the office of Tom Colbert, a Los Angeles TV and film producer who has had a long-standing fascination with the case.
“Well, after six years of gathering information with a 40-member cold case team, I’m ecstatic that they are considering this,” Colbert said in an interview with Fox News.
Never heard of D.B. Cooper? Here’s a breakdown:
In November of 1971, the night before Thanksgiving, a man using the name Dan Cooper boarded a Seattle-bound Boeing 727 in Oregon. Wearing a black tie and suit, he told a flight attendant he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded ransom.
When the plane landed, Cooper released 36 passengers in exchange for $200,000 and parachutes. The money was paid in $20 bills. Cooper was offered military-issue chutes, but he turned them down in favor of civilian chutes, operated by a ripcord.
Cooper then ordered the plane to take him to Mexico. As he approached the Washington-Oregon border, he jumped. Nobody ever heard from him again—even though his plane was being followed by two fighter jets.
At first, the FBI thought Cooper did not survive the jump.
We originally thought Cooper was an experienced jumper, perhaps even a paratrooper,” said FBI special agent Larry Carr, leader of the investigation from 2006 until it was closed last year. “We concluded after a few years this was simply not true. No experienced parachutist would have jumped in the pitch-black night, in the rain, with a 200 mile-an-hour wind in his face, wearing loafers and a trench coat. It was simply too risky.”
Nine years later, in 1980 a boy discovered a package full of $20 bills near the Columbia River. The $5,800 matched the ransom money serial numbers to Cooper’s money. The rest of it was never found.
The new foam has sparked new interest in the case, with many considering the evidence a sign that Cooper may have survived his reckless jump.
In 2016, when the FBI closed the case, they called it the most ‘exhaustive’ in history. The agency said it would preserve evidence from the case but didn’t want further tips unless people find parachutes or additional money.
Source: Telegraph, Fox News