WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A homicide victim’s body has been found at a Washington state home owned by the man who packed the parachutes used by infamous airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper.
King County sheriff’s detectives responded to the Seattle suburb of Woodinville on Friday night after a woman called to say she had found her father dead. She reported that she had gone to the house to check on him because she hadn’t heard from him in several days.
The victim’s identity has not been released. But Sgt. Cindi West said Saturday that investigators have ruled the case a homicide.
Property records show the house is owned by 74-year-old Earl Cossey.
When DB Cooper hijacked a passenger jet from Portland, Ore., to Seattle in 1971, demanding $200,000 and four parachutes, it was Cossey who packed the chutes.
After asking to be flown to Mexico, Cooper jumped out somewhere near the Oregon line. Some of the cash has been found, but his fate is unknown, and investigators doubt he survived.