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article image'Credible' FBI witness claims her uncle was DB Cooper

By R. Francis Rubio     Dec 6, 2011 in Crime
Portland - Forty years after the man known as DB Cooper hijacked a 727 and parachuted into infamy, a relative of an FBI suspect claims her uncle committed the crime.
Marla Cooper, niece of a man know as LD Cooper says that her uncle and DB Cooper were one and the same.
On November 24,1971, a Northwest Orient Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle was hijacked by an unidentified man, after extorting the sum of $200,000 in ransom, the hijacker parachuted his way into history.
During the initial investigation a man using the alias "Dan Cooper" became the FBI's main suspect but due to a mix up by the news media, the suspect came to be known (to this day) as DB Cooper.
The FBI perused hundreds of leads throughout the years but never was able to discover the hijackers true identity.
To date the case remains the only unsolved airline hijacking in American aviation history.
On Thanksgiving day 1971, the morning after the hijacking, Ms. Cooper says her uncle arrived at her family's home in Sisters, Oregon badly injured, LD told her he was in a car accident.
Later, Ms. Cooper says her father told her to never speak of what she saw or hear on that Thanksgiving day.
Cooper did as her father asked until about a year ago when she approached the FBI with her story and some of her late uncle's personal items.
LD Cooper died in 1999.
"I knew he did it, it wasn't speculation, I was there when he pulled into the driveway," Ms. Cooper told a local news station.
She also claims that the FBI agent in charge of the case told her they will attempt to match fingerprints from her uncle's toothbrush to prints lifted from the plane.
"Regardless of the findings of the fingerprints, he told me the case was closing because they were certain my uncle did it," said Ms. Cooper.
The FBI admits they are testing items received from Ms. cooper and call her a credible witness but decline to comment further on the case.
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