Man with connection to D.B. Cooper killed

April 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

SEATTLE, April 29 (UPI) -- A Seattle man who packed the parachute used by infamous plane hijacker D.B. Cooper was found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent homicide, police said.

Earl Cossey was found dead in his garage Friday by his daughter, who said she'd been unable to contact her father for several days, Seattle police said.

Investigators combed a wooded area across from Cossey's home for evidence, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported.

Cossey was working at a local flight school and skydiving operation in 1971 when a Northwest Orient plane traveling from Tacoma, Wash., to Seattle was hijacked by a bomb-carrying suspect who identified himself as D.B. Cooper. The neatly dressed man told a flight attendant he wanted $200,000 ransom along with a parachute waiting for him on the ground in Seattle.

After the plane took off again, ransom in tow, Cooper jumped out, using the parachute Cossey packed -- and was never found.

Police haven't said what they think happened to Cossey or identified any suspects.

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