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FBI no longer investigating D.B. Cooper case

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After 45 years, the FBI is giving up on D.B. Cooper. 

In a statement released Tuesday, the FBI announced they have "redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities." 

The FBI says they have reviewed all credible leads and collected all available evidence in the case, including going back over that evidence with modern technology, and will now turn their focus elsewhere. Evidence collected during the investigation will now be preserved for historical purposes at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

"The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Northwest Orient Airlines flight in November 1971 by a still-unknown individual resulted in significant international attention and a decades-long manhunt," the FBI said. "Although the FBI appreciated the immense number of tips provided by members of the public, 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—to include accounts of sudden, unexplained wealth."

The statement continued, "In order to solve a case, the FBI must prove culpability beyond a reasonable doubt, and, unfortunately, none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof. Every time the FBI assesses additional tips for the NORJAK case, investigative resources and manpower are diverted from programs that more urgently need attention."

The FBI did say that even though they won't be actively investigating the case, should specific physical evidence come to light in the case, they will take a look. 

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