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Continued: How the D.B. Cooper mystery got a Minnesota twist

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 31, 2007 - 10:05 PM

Gray also found Ralph Himmelsbach, the FBI's lead agent on the case before Carr. He concurred that Christiansen was too short and had the wrong color of eyes, but declared him a "good suspect."

But Carr remains skeptical. "The other thing I find strange is that he'd be bold enough to hijack a plane from his own company," Carr said. "Someone would have recognized him."

Regardless, Lyle Christiansen's tale will be added to the FBI vault in Seattle, where the D.B. Cooper legend grows under a sign that reads: "Do not destroy. Historical value. National Archives."

Jon Tevlin • 612-673-1702

Jon Tevlin • jtevlin@startribune.com

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