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Parachute strap linked to 1971 DB Cooper case

By T.K. Randall
August 11, 2017 · Comment icon 12 comments

Who is this man and where is he now ? Image Credit: PD / US Government
Volunteer detectives have located what could be a critical piece of evidence in the long-running case.
The infamous hijacking occurred in 1971 when a mysterious man, who at the time went by the name Dan Cooper, boarded Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 to travel from Portland to Seattle.

During the trip, Cooper called over one of the flight attendants and asked them to write out a note declaring that he had a bomb in his briefcase and that the plane was being hijacked.

When the aircraft stopped at Tacoma International Airport, he allowed the passengers to leave in exchange for four parachutes and the sum of $200,000 in cash.

After the plane had taken off again, Cooper strapped the bag of money to himself, put on one of the parachutes and jumped out somewhere between Seattle and Reno. No trace of him was ever found.
The mystery of Cooper's identity has proven so difficult to solve in fact that even the FBI, which had been investigating the case for over 45 years, was eventually forced to admit defeat.

Now though, amateur detectives believe that they might have finally made a breakthrough following the discovery of what is thought to be a strap from the parachute that Cooper used to escape.

The item was unearthed at an undisclosed location following a tip-off from a 'credible source' and could lead to the place where Cooper buried the money he had stolen during the hijacking.

Whether it will be enough to solve the mystery once and for all however remains to be seen.

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Comment icon #3 Posted by seymour glass 7 years ago
As much as I would like to see some progress made in this case, I'm not holding my breath. It seems like every so often there is an article about some new lead and then we hear nothing else about said lead. They'll find Cooper right around the time the find Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart lol
Comment icon #4 Posted by WhispersInTheAttic 7 years ago
I hate when I read true crime articles and there's no hardcore evidence. It's like playing hide and go seek and never getting to the end of the game. Okay maybe I went off the deep end there, lol. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Hummmm.... I'm skeptical about this strap. Can it be proven to be from the model/airline that DB Cooper jumped from? If not, it could just as easily be from a car, or backpack. No pic of the strap... Sadly.  With the sunglasses on, DB Cooper has a passing resemblance to Agent Coulson off Agents of Shield.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by curiouse 7 years ago
After all this time who really cares ? 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Matt221 7 years ago
This case has fascinated me ever since I first read about it 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lilly 7 years ago
Actually, the DB Cooper case has quite a cult following.
Comment icon #9 Posted by RoofGardener 7 years ago
I've never heard it before, but it IS a remarkable story.  A bit strange though; $200,000 - even in 1970's terms - doesn't sound like very much for all the risk involved ? 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Farmer77 7 years ago
So you mean to tell me you've never seen Without a Paddle? OMG you're missing a classic piece of cinema!!! 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Matt221 7 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by South Alabam 7 years ago
I'd lean towards William Gossett, if I had to choose a suspect. He had combat parachuting experience, made several night and high-altitude jumps and was a survival expert. Gossett talked about the hijacking often, saying he could write Cooper�s epitaph. He privately told several family members and friends he was D.B. Cooper.  

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