Reports that the FBI is investigating a “creditable” D.B. Cooper lead have the news outlets and blogosphere buzzing. Here’s just one such story from the Seattle Times. News sites are relying on information from the niece of the suspect (and upcoming authoress), who identifies him as her uncle Lynn Doyle (L.D.) Cooper, who passed away ten years ago.
WSL librarian Kathryn did some digging in several of the genealogy resources we have linked to, and found additional information about the fascinating L.D. Cooper. Using the Department of Veterans Affairs burial database, she found he is buried in Pilot Butte military cemetery in Oregon. The database also indicates he was in the Navy and served in Korea. Pictures of his gravestone are listed in Find a Grave.
Further clues await the amateur sleuth with access to Ancestrylibrary (available for free to visitors of the State Library). Is that his wedding certificate in Reno, NV? Is that him pictured in a US Navy Cruise book from 1949? No doubt the FBI is hot on the trail.
Until we find out more, feel free to check out the many previously published books on D.B. Cooper, including “D.B. : A Novel” by Elwood Reid, recently reviewed by Northwest librarian Sean. There’s lots of good reading material out there for those who want a refresher on this iconic Washington story. These books and more are available at the State Library or your local public library!