SEATTLE, Aug. 1 (UPI) — The FBI says it received a promising lead in the unsolved 1971 D.B. Cooper jetliner hijacking case.
The FBI was given what it say is the “most promising” lead to date in the nation’s only unsolved hijacking case — a name of a previously not investigated man and an item of his with fingerprints to be tested, Seattlepi.com reported.
The lead was handed over by a law enforcement official who questioned someone who may have been close to Cooper.
“With any lead our first step is to assess how credible it is,” said Ayn 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.”
“It’s back at our lab and we hope to compare it to partial fingerprints we got in the hijacking,” Sandalo Dietrich told the online newspaper. “It would be a real break if it came back.”
Currently, the Seattle FBI file on Cooper contains a partial DNA sample from a black clip-on tie Cooper left on the plane, the parachute he discarded after he jumped from the plane, his boarding pass with “DAN COOPER” written in red ink and a few bills from the $200,000 ransom Cooper received.
The FBI has investigated more than 1,000 people since the hijacking 40 years ago, and have not released the name, age, hometown or possible criminal record of the current person of interest, or any specifics on the item received.