A man claiming to be the best friend of the infamous plane hijacker D.B. Cooper released audio recordings and other evidence that he says proves Cooper’s real identity, Walter R. Reca.
In Grand Rapids, the man making the claims about Cooper’s real identity, Carl Laurin, displayed his evidence as part of a news conference promoting his book, D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend.
The publisher of the book, Principia Media, a Grand Rapids based company, said it was first approached by Laurin with his claims, and then helped him with his investigation sifting through audio recordings and other evidence.
According to a news release from Principia, the evidence has been analyzed by the Certified Fraud Examiner and forensic linguist.
The FBI announced in 2016 that it would no longer be actively working on the D.B. Cooper mystery, citing a lack of progress and other priorities.
Cooper made headlines in 1971 when he claimed to have a bomb while flying on a Boeing 727 from Portland to Seattle.
He then demanded $200,000 from the FBI to be given to him when the plane landed, as well as a demand for the plane to take him to Mexico City.
Cooper, however, jumped out of back of the plane over Oregon, never to be seen again despite multiple claims and leads.
The FBI released a statement regarding the clams by Laurin:Unfortunately, we are unable to participate in an interview at this time. The FBI continues to receive tips from members of the public, but none to date have resulted in a definitive identification of the hijacker. The tips have conveyed plausible theories, descriptive information about individuals potentially matching the hijacker, and anecdotes. Unfortunately, none of the tips provided or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof of culpability beyond a reasonable doubt.Consequently, in July of 2016, we redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities, following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in FBI history. It would be inappropriate to comment on any specific tips provided to us in this case, however our continued posture is to review any physical items provided [directly related to the hijacker’s parachute or ransom money] and pursue follow-up actions, as appropriate.Copyright 2018 CBS News / WWMT. All rights reserved.