The FBI last month conducted a field investigation under an elevated New Jersey highway in search of the body of union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in 1975.
Hoffa, 62, was last seen in Detroit, Michigan on July 30, 1975, when he was supposed to meet two high profile Mafia figures at a restaurant.
Mara Schneider, spokeswoman for the FBI Detroit field office, told The Associated Press that the agency had obtained a search warrant to “investigate the site under the Pulaski Skyway” near the Hackensack River in Jersey City.
The land adjoins the former PJP landfill site, where Frank Coppola, then a teenager, worked with his father Paul Coppola in the 1970s. Frank Coppola told Associated Press reporter Dan Moldea that while his father was dying in 2008, he said Hoffa’s body was taken to the landfill in 1975 and buried it on nearby state property because he feared the police were watching him. The elder Coppola told his son that Hoffa’s body was placed in a steel barrel and buried with other barrels on it. Subsequently, he said, he bulldozed the area.
Frank Coppola himself passed away last year.
“I put all my chips in this thing. I believe we have it, ”Moldea said. “The FBI is certainly taking this seriously. … It’s wonderful, on the verge of full and complete justification for their 46-year investigation. I hope they will be successful.
Schneider did not say whether officers removed anything from the site as they reviewed it on October 25 and 26. Data from the survey “is currently being analyzed,” she said.
“Because the affidavit in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we cannot provide any additional information,” Schneider added.
Hoffa was president of the powerful Teamsters union from 1957 to 1971 and remained at the helm while serving time in prison for attempting to bribe a jury. He was declared legally dead in 1982.
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[Featured image: Jimmy Hoffa in 1974. (AP Photo/File)]