DB Cooper parachute packer ID'd as homicide victim

DB Cooper parachute packer ID'd as homicide victim

The King County Sheriff's Office identified a homicide victim at a home in Woodinville, Wash., on April 26, 2013, as Earl Cossey.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 6:46 AM

SEATTLE  -- The man who packed the parachutes used by infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper has been identified as the victim of a homicide in Woodinville.

The King County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that 71-year-old Earl Cossey died April 23 of blunt force trauma to the head. The sheriff's office says his daughter found his body Friday when she went to check on him.

Cossey played a bit part in one of the Northwest's most enduring mysteries.

Cooper, whose real identity isn't known, hijacked a plane in 1971. He released the passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in exchange for $200,000 and four parachutes.

He jumped out of the plane somewhere near the Oregon state line. No one knows what happened to him.

Cossey was a skydiving instructor, and he packed the parachutes provided to the hijacker.

A King County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said there is no information that links Cossey's death to the Cooper case.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in Cossey's death. Tips can be called in to 1-800-222-TIPS.

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