The FBI Has Officially Shut The Book On The Case Of D.B. Cooper After 45 Years

07.13.16 2 years ago 6 Comments

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If you’re still dying to know the identity of the mysterious hijacker D.B. Cooper and the $200,000 in ransom money, you might want to go ahead and put those desires on the backburner. You’ll have an easier time discovering who the second shooter was on the grassy knoll and why the government has been covering up the existence of Pokemon until today.

The FBI is taking their resources away from investigating the 45-year-old skyjacking case, releasing a statement that puts a close on the case as an active investigation, but leaves open the possibility for meaningful leads:

During the course of the 45-year NORJAK investigation, the FBI exhaustively reviewed all credible leads, coordinated between multiple field offices to conduct searches, collected all available evidence, and interviewed all identified witnesses. Over the years, the FBI has applied numerous new and innovative investigative techniques, as well as examined countless items at the FBI Laboratory. Evidence obtained during the course of the investigation will now be preserved for historical purposes at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Northwest Orient Airlines flight in November 1971 by a still-unknown individual resulted in significant international attention and a decades-long manhunt. Although the FBI appreciated the immense number of tips provided by members of the public, none to date have resulted in a definitive identification of the hijacker. The tips have conveyed plausible theories, descriptive information about individuals potentially matching the hijacker, and anecdotes—to include accounts of sudden, unexplained wealth. In order to solve a case, the FBI must prove culpability beyond a reasonable doubt, and, unfortunately, none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof.

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