Hoffa Search Ends, Mystery Continues

FBI announces end to search in Oakland Township field

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 19, 2013 10:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – The FBI says it has found no sign of the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and is ending a dig in suburban Detroit. The announcement was made today by Robert Foley, head of the FBI in Detroit, just a few hours after digging resumed. The dig began Monday. Authorities have pursued multiple leads on Hoffa's whereabouts since his disappearance in 1975. This latest tip about Hoffa's remains came from reputed Mafia captain Tony Zerilli, who, through his lawyer, said Hoffa was buried beneath a concrete slab in a barn in Oakland Township. The barn is gone, but FBI agents pored over the field where it used to stand.

In this Aug. 21, 1969 file photo, Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa is shown in Chattanooga, Tenn.
In this Aug. 21, 1969 file photo, Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa is shown in Chattanooga, Tenn.   ((AP Photo/File))
This July 26, 1959 file photo shows Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa in Washington.
This July 26, 1959 file photo shows Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa in Washington.   (Uncredited)
A law enforcement official from the FBI measures an area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
A law enforcement official from the FBI measures an area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.   (Carlos Osorio)
Law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police help search the area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police help search the area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.   (Carlos Osorio)
Members of an FBI evidence response team look over an area being cleared in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Members of an FBI evidence response team look over an area being cleared in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.   (Carlos Osorio)
Law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police help search the area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Law enforcement officials from the Michigan State Police help search the area in Oakland Township, Mich., Tuesday, June 18, 2013.   (Carlos Osorio)
Members of the FBI evidence response team look over an area being cleared in Oakland Township.
Members of the FBI evidence response team look over an area being cleared in Oakland Township.   (Carlos Osorio)
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