|LYNN DOYLE COOPER|
An Oregon woman who says her uncle was the elusive criminal known and is now claiming that agents have told her that it is enough for them to close the file.
Marla Cooper told 14 News is claiming her uncle, a man named Lynn Doyle Cooper, is the man who escaped with $200,000 after parachuting out of the Northwest Orient Airlines 727 flight, back in 1971.
Burdened by guilt, she had broken a 40-year family secret to reveal the mysterious skyjacker's true identity.
She said that she was eight years old when her uncle, whom she called L.D Cooper, came to her home, badly injured, for Thanksgiving in 1971 - the day after the infamous incident.
He claimed his injuries were the result of a car crash, but given time to think about it, her parents came to believe that he was the hijacker.
She never saw him again and was later told that he died in 1999.
Cooper gave investigators with a photograph of LD and a guitar strap that he owned for fingerprint testing, the results of which have yet to be revealed.
But she added that agents had told her: "Regardless of the findings of the fingerprints, they would be closing the case after this.
"He said, 'I am certain your uncle did it. I feel certain that your uncle did it. And that, what's the point in continuing the investigation?'"
As we reported here back in 1971 the man who's ticket was in the name of D.B Cooper boarded the Northwest Orient Airlines 727 flight took off. Then once it had taken off, the man who gave his name as Dan, handed a flight attendant a note: 'Miss, I've got a bomb, come sit next to me — you're being hijacked.'
He then opened a briefcase that appeared to contain explosives and demanded $200,000 and parachutes.
About 40 minutes after take-off, a signal light in the cockpit showed that the plane's rear stairway had been extended and when the jet landed in Reno, the stairs were down and two parachutes, the money and Cooper were gone.
Marla Cooper however believes her uncle lost all the cash on the way down.
The FBI have yet to comment on this development.