Authorities plan to ‘dig in the dirt’ in a field near Detroit today. The FBI received a tip that former Teamsters boss, that Jimmy Hoffa’s body may be recovered from the site.
The field is in Oakland Township, north of Detroit. They are acting on a tip by mobster Tony Zerilli. Earlier this year, Zerilli told New York’s NBC 4 that Hoffa was buried in a Michigan field about 20 miles north of where he was last seen in 1975.
Officials desperately want closure to the case. “It’s my fondest hope that we can give closure not just to the Hoffa family, but also to the community and stop tearing that scab off with every new lead and bring some conclusion,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said just after 11 a.m. today, the first official word about what’s happening at the dig in Oakland Township that began this morning. “It’s long overdue.”
The FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Foley, is out of the Detroit office.
“Because this investigation is an open investigation and the search warrant is sealed, I will not be able to provide any additional details regarding our activity here,” Foley said, as a truck carrying a backhoe pulled down a road to the site behind him. “However if information does become available to the extent that we can share it, we certainly will.”
“It’s my fondest hope that we can give closure not just to the Hoffa family, but also to the community and stop tearing that scab off with every new lead and bring some conclusion,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.
“This has been one of those open wounds for a long time,” Bouchard said. “Especially yesterday, I was thinking about what Father’s Day means to the family that doesn’t have closure on this case, and families like them all across the country that have a missing loved one and didn’t know what happened.”
Hoffa was 62 when he disappeared. He was last seen outside of a Detroit Restaurant on July 30, 1975. The FBI believes his disappearance was related to his reported attempts to regain power in the Teamsters Union, and mob influence over its pension funds.
Zerilli was freed from prison in 2008. He was in charge of Detroit organized crime family from 1970 to 1975, and was in prison when Hoffa disappeared.
Zerilli told authorities that a mafia ‘enforcer’ told him Hoffa was buried in the field as a temporary measure, until it could be placed in a location near a hunting lodge, permanently.
“I’m as certain as I could possibly be,” Zerilli told the station. “If I had money, I’d like to bet a big sum of money that he’s buried there.”
The FBI believes Zerilli is telling the truth. He was in a position to have credible information.
Dan Moldea, author of the book “The Hoffa Wars,” who has studied the case closely for decades, agreed.
“This isn’t some screwball,” Moldea said. “He’s the right man at the right time. His father would have had to sign off on this. The question is: Would his father or his father’s associates have confided in him? I find it very possible that they did.”
Has Jimmy Hoffa’s body been recovered? We’ll know in a couple of days.
The Guardian Express