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Monday, August 1, 2011

D.B. COOPER SKYJACKING CASE: FBI investigating 'promising lead'!

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By Steve Miletich / Seattle Times staff reporter,

Sketch of D.B. Cooper
Sketch of D.B. Cooper.

The FBI is investigating a "credible" lead in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking case, nearly 40 years after a tall, dark-complexioned man hijacked a Seattle-bound Boeing 727 on Thanksgiving Eve 1971 and parachuted into history from the rear of the plane with $200,000 in cash.

"We do have a promising lead," FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said Sunday, a day after a British newspaper reported the development in a lengthy feature story on the notorious case.
Dietrich, of the Seattle FBI office, cautioned that the FBI is not on the verge of a "big break," but is carrying out "due diligence" on the new information.
"It's a routine part of our investigation," she said.
Dietrich said the FBI received a tip in the past year from a member of law enforcement who directed the bureau to a credible person who might have helpful information on a suspect.
"I can't get into specifics," Dietrich said, declining to provide any details on the potential suspect.
The FBI obtained an item from the person to determine if fingerprints can be extracted from it for comparison to partial prints on a magazine left behind on the plane and on parts of the airliner, Dietrich said.
The item has been sent to the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va., she said.
Asked to characterize the significance of the lead, Dietrich said, "It's good" but the case is "not on the brink of a solution."

She also called the new information the "most promising lead we have right now."

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