Jimmy Hoffa has been missing July 30, 1975, outside a suburban Detroit restaurant, and his body has never been recovered since.
Hoffa vanished about 35 years ago where he was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters and a mafia captain. His body has not been found despite a number of searches over the years. Investigators now have another lead that might reveal some answers to the mystery.
Authorities are taking soil samples from the ground beneath a suburban Detroit driveway after a man told police he believes he witnessed the burial of missing Teamsters leader about 35 years ago.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said his department received a tip from a man who said he saw Hoffa’s body buried approximately 35 years ago and “thinks it may have been Jimmy he saw interred.”
“We are not claiming it’s Jimmy Hoffa, the timeline doesn’t add up,” Berlin said. “We’re investigating a body that may be at the location.”
Hoffa was last seen outside of a restaurant where he was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a member of the mafia. His body has not been found despite a number of searches over the years.
Innumerable theories about the demise of Hoffa have surfaced over time. Among them: He was entombed in concrete at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, ground up and thrown in a Florida swamp or obliterated in a mob-owned fat-rendering plant. The search has continued under a backyard pool north of Detroit in 2003, under the floor of a Detroit home in 2004 and at a horse farm northwest of Detroit in 2006.
After Roseville police received the most recent tip, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality used ground-penetrating radar on a 12-foot-by-12-foot patch beneath the driveway, said agency spokesman Brad Wurfel.
It found “that the earth had been disturbed at some point in time,” Berlin said.
Hoffa remains among America’s most famous, and in many ways infamous, missing people. His presumed death has vexed investigators for four decades.