D.B. Cooper Parachute Packer Confirmed Murder Victim, The D.B. Cooper parachute packer,  74-year-old Earl Cossey, was killed by blunt force trauma to the head sometime on April 23 in his Seattle area home in Washington state.

That’s the report issued by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday, which had previously been somewhat slow to reveal the name of the victim or exactly how he had died.

The skydiving instructor was beaten to death over a week ago, on the previous Tuesday. However, his body wasn’t found until Friday. His daughter, concerned that she hadn’t heard from Cossey, went to his home where she made the gruesome discovery.

In early press reports, the authorities were so cagey with information that it wasn’t even clear who had been killed. Cossey was identified only as the owner of the house where the body was found. The woman’s name wasn’t given.

“We have more questions than answers,” an unnamed deputy confessed to a KOMO news reporter.

Earl Cossey’s claim to fame is that he’s the man who packed the parachutes in the airplane that was hijacked by D.B. Cooper on a 1971 flight from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA. Cooper had demanded the four parachutes and $200,000.

Cooper went down in crime history when he jumped out of the plane and was never found.

In 1980, a young boy found bundles of $20 that were reportedly part of the cash paid to Cooper. However, Cossey called the parachutes brought to him over the years to be identified as “garbage.”

There was never any reason to believe that Cossey was involved in the crime, and investigators say that there’s no reason now to believe that his murder is related to the very cold D.B. Cooper case.

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