'Credible Lead' Found In 40-Year-Old Hijacking Case
The FBI says it may have what it describes as a
"credible lead" in the nation's oldest hijacking case ... a mystery
which has gone unsolved since 1971.
It was in that year that a man calling himself "D.B. Cooper"
hijacked an airplane demanding $200,000. He received the money, and
parachuted out of the airliner as it flew over the Pacific
In response to a lengthy article on the case which appeared
recently in the British newspaper The Telegraph, FBI
spokeswoman Ayn Sadalo Dietrich said that they are not anticipating
a "big break" in the case, but are doing "due diligence" on a tip.
The agency is working to extract a fingerprint from an item which
may be connected to the case, and comparing it to one taken
from the Boeing 727 after the skyjacking took place. USA today
reports that Dietrich says the testing is being done at a lab in
Additionally, DNA from Cooper's tie, which was left on board the
airplane, may match a sample from a person of interest, according
to a report from Fox News.