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D.B. Cooper Case Has New Lead

July 31, 2011

The case of D. B. Cooper has baffled many for so long that it seems improbable any final answer will be known.

But then…

The FBI has what it calls “our most promising” lead to date for a suspect in the infamous 1971 D.B. Cooper case – the nation’s only unsolved commercial airplane hijacking.

The name of a man not previously investigated was given to the FBI, and an item that belongs to him was sent for fingerprint work at the agency’s Quantico, Va., forensic lab, agency spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich told Saturday.

A law enforcement colleague spoke with someone who may have a strong connection to Cooper, and that law enforcement staffer contacted the FBI, Sandalo Dietrich said.

“With any lead our first step is to assess how credible it is,” said Sandalo Dietrich, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Seattle office, where the Cooper evidence is kept. “Having this come through another law enforcement [agency], having looked it over when we got it – it seems pretty interesting.”

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