Local author ponders DB Cooper case

TRAVERSE CITY — The FBI may have given up on the mystery of D.B. Cooper, but a local author contends the skyjacker’s infamous legacy will live on through those dedicated to revealing his long-sought identity.

The FBI Seattle field office said in an email that it was time to focus on other cases and put an end to one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in the agency’s history, the Associated Press reports.

The story is a familiar one: A man described as in his mid-40s with dark sunglasses boarded a flight from Portland, Oregon, to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He bought a $20 ticket under the name “Dan Cooper” but an early wire-service report misidentified him as “D.B. Cooper.” The name stuck.

The man — threatening a flight attendant with a bomb — demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes in exchange for releasing the flight’s 46 passengers and two flight

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