A woman named Marla Cooper has come forward claiming her deceased uncle is the infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper.
Cooper, only 8 years old at the time, told ABC News that she remembers seeing her two uncles, one whom she identified as Lynn Doyle Cooper, planning something mischievous and using walkie-talkies in November 1971. The day before D.B. Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Flight 305, she says her two uncles left to go "turkey hunting."
A day later, Marla Cooper, whose claim the FBI is investigating, says her uncle came in bloody and bruised, claiming he had been in a car accident.
"I heard my uncle say we did it, our money problems are over, we hijacked an airplane," she said.
Marla's uncle, who she said went by L.D., was a Korean War veteran. He died in 1999, she said.
According to a Veterans Administration grave locator, L.D. Cooper was born on Sept. 17, 1931, and died on April 30, 1999, at age 67. He is buried in Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend, Ore.
Cooper may have been born in Shellknob, Mo., a tiny town in the southeastern corner of the state.
Marla Cooper, who the FBI said was credible in part because she was not looking to make money, is now working on a book.
While the new lead has generated massive publicity and excitement, the FBI has taken some heat for expending resources on a 40-year-old case.
"Being an open but not active case, we respond to every report or lead," Ayn Dietrich, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Seattle office, told The Telegraph, a London newspaper that broke news of the tip. "Our case agent will check them out and determine whether they're credible. We're not out there combing for more evidence, but we've kept it open in the belief that there could be something out there. The money has surfaced before and perhaps more will surface."