Field Searched for Hoffa's Remains

Hunt takes FBI to Oakland Township, north of Detroit

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 17, 2013 12:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – The hunt for the remains of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa is back on. US agents today searched a field in suburban Detroit, ostensibly on a tip from this man. The special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division confirmed that the agency and its partners executed a search warrant in Oakland Township, north of Detroit, "based on information that we have involving the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa." He gave no additional details.

The Detroit Free Press reports by way of sources that the agents are searching a "concentrated area" of the grassy field, which is located alongside a dirt road. As we previously reported, Tony Zerilli in January claimed Hoffa was buried in a field located about 20 miles from the Detroit-area restaurant where Hoffa was last seen in 1975. Zerilli was in prison when Hoffa disappeared but told the media he was informed about Hoffa's whereabouts after his release. Multiple previous leads to Hoffa's supposed remains have turned out to be red herrings.

Law enforcement officials block the street to the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Monday, June 17, 2013 where officials search for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa.
Law enforcement officials block the street to the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Monday, June 17, 2013 where officials search for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa.   (Carlos Osorio)
Investigators look over the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Monday, June 17, 2013, where officials search for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa.
Investigators look over the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Monday, June 17, 2013, where officials search for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa.   (Carlos Osorio)
This July 26, 1959 file photo of Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa in Washington.
This July 26, 1959 file photo of Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa in Washington.   (AP Photo, File)
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