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Monday, June 17, 2013

FBI searching for Jimmy Hoffa's body outside Detroit

Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa during an interview on New York television station WNBC's "Open Mind" November 10, 1963.
Authorities arrived at a northern Oakland Co. field Monday morning in hopes of discovering the remains of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, said the agency and its partners executed a sealed search warrant in the area of Buell and Adams in northern Oakland Township. Officials wouldn't provide any further details.

"This has been one of those kind of open wounds for a long time," said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. "It's my fondest hope that we can give that closure, not just to the Hoffa family, but also to the community."

Monday's dig comes after aging mobster Tony Zerilli said earlier this year that Hoffa's body was buried in a field about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen in July 1975.

Zerilli says Hoffa was buried in a shallow grave in the area of Buell and Adams and the plan was to move the body at another time. But Hoffa's remains were never moved from the first spot where they were buried, he said.

"Once he was buried here, he was buried and they let it go," Zerilli said.

"I'm shocked," said Sharon McKay, who lives in the area. "I just don't think it's for real."

Former U.S. Attorney Keith Corbett, who prosecuted organized crime in Detroit for 20 years, said Detroit's Mafia families are related in addition to their sworn bonds. That's one reason the mystery of what happened to Hoffa has gone unsolved, he said.

"Organized crime was involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa," Corbett said.

Hoffa, Teamsters president from 1957-71, was an acquaintance of mobsters and an adversary of federal officials. The day in 1975 when he disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant, he was supposed to be meeting with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain.

Since then, multiple leads to his supposed remains have turned out to be red herrings.

In September, police took soil from a suburban backyard after a tip Hoffa had been buried there. It was just one of many fruitless searches. Previous tips led police to a horse farm northwest of Detroit in 2006, a Detroit home in 2004 and a backyard pool two hours north of the city in 2003.



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