Search resumes for Jimmy Hoffa remains

10:53 AM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
Jimmy Hoffa. Photo by Al Muto, AFP / Getty Images.
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DETROIT -- Digging is resuming Tuesday off a dirt road in Oakland Township by FBI agents looking for the body of missing Teamster Jimmy Hoffa.

Overnight Monday, FBI and Oakland County Sheriff's Office officers guarded the site on Buell Road, where backhoes excavated for most of the day Monday.

This property came under scrutiny in January after Tony Zerilli, 85, the son of reputed former Detroit mob boss Joseph Zerilli, told investigators that Hoffa, 62, was buried there. Zerilli claims Hoffa was struck with a shovel and then buried alive on the property, with a slab of concrete placed over the body.

Hoffa was kidnapped on the afternoon of July 30, 1975, from the parking lot of what was then the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township.

"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 Monday. "It's long overdue."


Tammy Stables Battaglia , Detroit Free Press

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