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L.D. vs. D.B.
Potential major news in the hunt for infamous hijacker "D.B. Cooper" this morning. Whether it's anything but hearsay, however, remains unknown.

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D.B. Cooper Case About to Be Solved, Suspect L.D. Cooper's Niece Says

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L.D. vs. D.B.
Potential major news in the hunt for infamous hijacker "D.B. Cooper" this morning. Whether it's anything but hearsay, however, remains unknown.

Bruce A. Smith at Mountain News reports that Marla Cooper--the woman who four months ago claimed that her uncle Lynn Doyle "L.D." Cooper was the D.B. Cooper hijacker--says that FBI Special Agent Curtis Eng told her that he is certain L.D. is the hijacker and that he'll be wrapping up the case very soon.

Marla further declared that Mr. Eng had also told her he is "convinced" her uncle is DB Cooper.

. . . Ms. Cooper revealed that Mr. Eng had obtained new fingerprints of LD Cooper and had sent them to the FBI crime lab at least four months ago.

"He (Eng) told me that he will be closing down the case after the findings are reported regardless of whether they find a match or not," she said.

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Marla Cooper
Smith's reporting matches with an email Marla Cooper sent out, in which she notes Eng's admission--which conveniently came just before her own book is scheduled to come out--and also says "I know I was made to tell this story like no one else could"

Speaking with Seattle Weekly, FBI spokesperson Ayn Dietrich says that she can't comment on any break in the case other than to say it remains open and L.D. Cooper is still a suspect.

"We can't divulge the details of any conversations that anyone might have had," she says, referring to Agent Eng's supposed spilling of the beans.

In her original claim, Marla Cooper had given the FBI a guitar strap owned by her uncle, and at the time the feds called L.D. the "most promising" lead in the case to date. In August, however, the FBI said that it had performed DNA tests on the strap, which had come back negative for a match to the suspect's DNA.

Dietrich says that agents continue to test items owned by L.D.

Geoffrey Gray, the author of SKYJACK: The Hunt for D.B Cooper, host of the recent D.B. Cooper symposium in Portland, and friend of the Weekly, meanwhile, says that he has doubts about Marla's claim

"Once again, here is a development where we simply need to know more," he writes to SW. "While it's exciting that an agent is allegedly so fired up about a suspect, given the Cooper case's notorious history of close calls over the decades I think it's important to exercise caution when dealing with second-hand information."

Gray continues:

"From my discussion with FBI agents in Seattle, I don't think the case agent has the authority to close the case. I'm not sure it's his call. That decision needs to be made at Bureau headquarters in Washington. And after forty years, I don't think the feds in D.C. are going to end this mystery on a hunch. Hopefully, some real evidence will be brought forward."

 
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