As far as the FBI is concerned, this is the only unsolved case of an airplane hijacking in aviation history.
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In fact, the FBI closed the case in , all but ending active searches for Cooper. Carl Laurin, of DeLand, Florida however, knew exactly who it was from the moment news of the heist, which occurred in the Pacific Northwest, somewhere between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, crossed his television. Then, in November he called me up and apologized to me for lying and started sending me all sorts of things, passports, journals and other things that put him at certain places and doing certain things.
Eventually, my wife and I sat down with him and told him that we would tell his story, but we would not reveal who he was until he died. Laurin believes that his longtime friend, Walter Reca, who lived in Oscoda, was without a doubt the man behind the Cooper hijacking.
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He would never do anything out of line at all, expect when it came to money he would go and do a robbery, a stick-up or a DB Cooper. Other than that, he was the nicest guy you ever met. He was passionate about it, you could tell that… It turns out he had been investigating this for 16 years. It took me about eight or nine months for me to believe that Walt was in fact Cooper. Jones listened to over three and a half hours of audio tapes between Laurin and Reca, where Reca admits to the hijacking and gives detailed information on how he carried the crime out.
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He was afraid of going to prison. He did a lot of things, got away with a lot of stuff, even until his final years.
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He was involved in some crazy things. While Laurin and Jones promise to reveal those things in the future, for now they encourage you to read the book and draw your own conclusion. Laurin met Reca, who was a military veteran and former paratrooper, as a part of the Saginaw based Michigan Parachute Club in He passed a note to a stewardess indicating he had a bomb in his briefcase.
Cooper is believed to have jumped from the stairs a few minutes later at an altitude of 10, feet into a frigid Thanksgiving Eve storm. He was never seen again.
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The FBI effectively closed the Cooper case in The makers of the new documentary found neither of these things. The new documentary presents other details that make Reca a plausible suspect.
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He was never seen again. The FBI effectively closed the Cooper case in The makers of the new documentary found neither of these things. The new documentary presents other details that make Reca a plausible suspect. That eyewitness is a Cle Elum musician and former logging company truck driver. Reca told Laurin he removed and bundled up his parachute after he landed outside Cle Elum and covered it up with branches.