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    WA - D.B. Cooper hijacking mystery, 24 Nov 1971 - #1

    D.B.Cooper, who on Thanksgiving eve 1971 parachuted from a jetliner he had hijacked somewhere SW of Mt St Helens with $200,000 in his backpack has never been ID'ed, nor has his body ever been found.

    Last night on the 11pm local CBS news we learned 2 local 'Sleuthers' now have come to learn his real name and say he is alive and well and they plan to go have a little chat with him! They have talked to him twice and now plan to confront him with what they have learned and see what his reaction is.

    I'm sorry the only link I have is this video:

    http://www.koin.com/Global/SearchRes...ooper&x=11&y=7

    I do remember the gist of what was said, however. This man lived in a little house very close to Vancouver lake which in turn lies next to the Columbia river. They said he buried the money in the sand along the river, and sometime in the '80's some of that money surfaced on the bank of the river. The bill #'s matched.

    This person was trained in parachuting, was a trained pilot and had a record for armed robbery.

    There were 6 calls to the FBI right away giving them the same name who this was. In fact there was a call to the FBI the night of the hijacking from this person, who told them he didn't want them to think he had done it. This person later came into a lot of money.

    I'll call channel 6 and see if there is a regular link, but thought y'all would be interested. This solidifying of who D.B. was is the work of two regular working guys, one an electrician, who Sleuth on the side. They might have solved one of the most mysterious missing persons/hijacking cases in the Northwest!

    Scandi


    ETA: The names of the 2 Sleuthers are Matt Myers and Dan Devorak. Should I invite them to join Websleuths?

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    They had a character on prison break that they thought was D.B. Cooper and he told one guy where he buried the money and then died in the prison escape attempt. Didn't know there was really a person.

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    I'm not sure, but I do remember hearing that someone in Florida claimed to be him. I think he died, but I'm not sure now. He confessed to someone I think. I'll check it out.

    Here's a link to the google page. Just go to town on all these links. Duane Weber's name is mentioned on one link.

    http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-...ing+in+florida

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    Interesting Scandi... thanks for sharing. So nice to see you again girlfriend. We have to get together again soon!

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    Thanks BarnGoddess,

    I remember this well as I was a young mother living in Olympia Washington at the time. I was having Thanksgiving with my parents in Portland when the news hit the airwaves that he had jumped out of the plane with his loot. As I remember he boarded a plane in Portland, which he then hijacked. They flew to Seattle where the money was brought on board and given to him, then flew back south towards Portland. I think in that day and age they had no inkling someone would be so blatent as to then parachute out of a high flying jet and disappear. I'll go re-read the story, as I think he had the pilot fly lower than the norm.

    Then I was living in Vancouver Wn when the money surfaced. Quite a story!

    Any updates I hear on the story I will be sure and post. And I must give a , and do a little dance for all the amature Sleuthers out there.

    Scandi

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    I have always been facinated by DB Cooper. Thank you for posting this!

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    YES!! Invite them to join here and post what they know about this long-standing mystery. i personally believe he died that night, but would love to review any evidence leading to another conclusion.

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    This case has always been interesting--so much so that they made a movie about it called Pursuit of D. B. Cooper(1981) with Treat Williams and Robert Duvall--More recently, I saw a special where they seemed to think they had their man and he was sent to prison on other charges--always appreciate any more info on this bizarre case

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    Oh this story is always told every Thanksgiving. IMO. He went down and died when he jumped.

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    Dum, da Dummm Dummm! We shall see! Besides the news about D.B., I just thought it was neato that there are serious Sleuthers out there that put their heart and soal into solving cold cases.

    I personally don't think he is dead. This same person the Sleuthers have in mind as being D.B. is the guy who was a pilot, had been a parachutist and also was wanted for armed robbery. This same person came into a lot of money a while after the hijacking. This same person by name called the FBI the night of the hijacking telling them he hoped they didn't suspect him.

    Right there are so many circumstantial facts that have to be true or KOIN 6 would not put these guys on the air. And this person is very much alive today. I think they said on the news this is the only unsolved hijacking in United States history.

    Just think if they nail this guy!


    Scandi

    PS: I always capitalize the word Sleuthing out of respect to such a worthy passion. YaYa


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    Hi Anngelique,

    Great to see your happy face here. I have thought of you alot lately, and especially of Devin through this Holiday season. I was hoping he would be able to be home with the family for Thanksgiving, and always keep my thoughts in his direction, knowing he is in the very best of hands and love surrounds him continually.

    I'd love to get together again. I'll never forget our escapade in Cannon Beach. It was Vundabar!

    xoxoxo Scandi

    PS: Be sure and tell Devin if you see him that there are a lot of people he doesn't know that keep him in their hearts and are really proud of what he is accomplishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scandi
    Hi Anngelique,

    Great to see your happy face here. I have thought of you alot lately, and especially of Devin through this Holiday season. I was hoping he would be able to be home with the family for Thanksgiving, and always keep my thoughts in his direction, knowing he is in the very best of hands and love surrounds him continually.

    I'd love to get together again. I'll never forget our escapade in Cannon Beach. It was Vundabar!

    xoxoxo Scandi

    PS: Be sure and tell Devin if you see him that there are a lot of people he doesn't know that keep him in their hearts and are really proud of what he is accomplishing.

    Thanks

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    Hello all, thanks for the update

    I am actually one of the men who was on KOIN 6 on Thanksgiving Eve. I appreciate the comments, and I know there are doubters out there. However, everything we said on KOIN was 100% true. We actually have much more, but, at this time, we are not allowed to air the evidence, due to legal reasons.

    As for those who think cooper died. You are entitled to your opinion. I just find it hard to believe that after 35 years, not one item of Cooper's has ever been found. the only evidence is the placard from the 727, and the 6,000 found on the banks of the Columbia.

    If anyone has any questions, I will be happy to answer them. AS a matter of fact, we had another interview with our suspect this past weekend, and he actually made a few slips in some of his comments. We are now talking with KOIN, and we may be airing an update on this case soon. There are legal issues which are holding up the interview, mainly on KOIN's side.

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    What an interesting story. I'd never heard of him before now. I'm very interested to see if your suspect turns out to be DB Cooper.

    Welcome to Websleuths!

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    I wanted to give you a warm and heartfelt welcome too Leftcoast. You will find this a most interesting site since the sleuthing bug has bitten you!

    I am amazed at both you and your partners tenacity in following through with this case as you have. Can you imagine how you will touch the heart of every investigator worldwide if you are right and this man is DB? It will be right up there with Mt St Helens, at least in my book, as I believe it is the only unsolved hijacking in the United States - a 36 year old COLD CASE~!

    I'll think of some questions. I am dying to know what first caught your eye in the case to make you raise your right eyebrow and say, Hmmmmm. LOL

    Scandi

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