In 1971 a man hijacked a U.S. passenger plane with a bomb threat and was given $200,000 in ransom money. After the plane landed and passengers were exchanged for parachutes it took off again with the hijacker and the flight crew on board, heading toward Mexico. Not long after takeoff, the man managed to jump out of the cockpit and vanished into the strong winds and freezing rain 10,000 feet over Washington state.
4 decades later, the FBI believes they may have found a lead to who the man is. Dubbed as D.B Cooper, the hijacker left behind magazines which were examined for fingerprints.
“Yes, there is a lead in this matter that’s being pursued,” Gutt told Reuters. “It’s someone who surfaced who hasn’t surfaced before. It came from someone who’s close to someone who is deceased. So far, we haven’t been able to dismiss it.”
The informant gave the FBI an item to be examined for fingerprints that could then be compared to partial prints left on a magazine on the plane and parts of the airliner itself.
Gutt added that “we’re seeking to compare prints and finding stuff that can add more solid evidence. We have to wait. We’re still recovering some additional items. It’s a process, and it’s not a priority matter.”
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