posted on May, 9 2017 @ 05:33 PM
Hi guys, I'd like to contribute to this although this is old news from last year. After years of reading and research, I believe he made it out alive.
What makes me think this way is not because a body has never been found. Finding a body in the wilderness is a tall feat and many people who have
disappeared into the woods have never been found. What tells me he survived is that there just is no such thing as a coincidence. The coincidence here
is the cash on the beach. They found three bundles together with nothing keeping them together (i.e. a bag). The chances that three bundles of cash
being deposited at the same spot approach zero. The next thing is that this was a public beach which was easily accessible. It's a perfect place to
drop the cash to make it look like he drowned and throw off the FBI. Finally, the cash somehow got transported upstream. I don't buy that the bag of
cash or his body was caught on a propeller of a ship. Even if this did happen, experimental evidence suggests that the cash does not float, but
immediately sinks once exposed to water and is at best neutrally buoyant. I also work at a water science center, and have extensive training in
geomorphology. I have a hard time believing that river brought in that much bed load to drop on that stretch of beach in a matter of a handful of
years. Looking at video of the that stretch of river, there would be little bed load transport at all. The geologists working this case were either
not versed in geomorphology or were hacks. That cash was buried there by a human.
My next line of thought is the cold. I'm SERE trained, and have been in extreme conditions. I have 1,200 hours of flight time, and spent most of it at
about 10,000 feet - the altitude DB Cooper parachuted out at. The cold would not have been a factor in a jump from 10,000 feet. He definitely would
have been chilled by the time he got to the ground. A speed of 100 knots would not have been enough to disorient him. It would not take a rocket
scientist to figure out where the rip cord was on his pack, which I'm sure he at least quickly inspected before jumping. I'm not too familiar with
parachutes, but I would be 100% confident that I could get my chute open if given a pack with zero experience given those conditions.
The area he jumped out is not "Wilderness" per se. It is actually quite developed - fields, roads, etc. I believe he waited to jump until he saw
civilization - i.e. lights below him. It would not make any sense to bail out into the dark over woods, with no lights. The jump point south of Lake
Merwin makes it just mere miles to Portland. I bet by the time the plane was landing in Reno, he was riding in a taxi cab to Portland International
to catch a flight under the name, "insert here". Long gone even before they started the search.