Story at a glance

  • A crime historian is conducting a dig where he believes the infamous D.B. Cooper may have hidden evidence almost 50 years ago.
  • On Nov. 24, 1971, an unknown man going by “Dan Cooper” hijacked a plane for $200,000 stating he had a bomb before parachuting out of the plane, leaving his fate and identity unknown.
  • The FBI stopped investigating the case in July 2016.

A crime historian began conducting a dig Friday of the area he believes the infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper may have buried evidence.

According to The Associated Press, Eric Ulis and four volunteers livestreamed the dig on a private Facebook group called “D.B. Cooper: Mystery Group,” which has approximately 1,400 members.

On Nov. 24, 1971, an unknown man boarded a flight from Portland, Ore., to Seattle under the name “Dan Cooper,” later dubbed D.B. Cooper by the media. Following takeoff, he slipped a flight attendant a note stating he had a bomb in his briefcase. He demanded $200,000 and four parachutes.

When the flight landed in Seattle, the man traded the other 36 passengers for his demands, keeping numerous crew members, and the plane took off again — this time toward Mexico City. Somewhere between Seattle and Reno, Cooper jumped out of the plane using a parachute and taking the money with him. His fate is still unknown.


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In 1980, a young boy found about $6,000 of the cash, confirmed by its serial numbers, while digging on a beach along the Columbia River.

Ulis believes he will find the parachute, an attache case and more of the money in a series of smaller holes about 10-15 yards from where the boy found the initial cash. He told Seattle P-I he expects the dig to come to an end at some time in September.

In July 2016, the FBI announced it was no longer investigating the case.


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Published on Aug 10, 2021