DETROIT — The FBI discovered no proof of lacking Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa throughout a search of land below a New Jersey bridge, a spokeswoman mentioned Thursday.
The Pulaski Skyway now turns into one other lifeless finish within the decades-long thriller that has stretched from a Michigan horse farm to the East Coast: The place are the stays of one in all America’s strongest labor leaders?
The 47-year riddle turned final yr to land subsequent to a former landfill below the bridge in Jersey Metropolis. The FBI performed a search there in early June.
“Nothing of evidentiary worth was found throughout that search,” mentioned Mara Schneider, an FBI spokeswoman in Detroit.
“Whereas we don’t at present anticipate any extra exercise on the web site, the FBI will proceed to pursue any viable lead in our efforts to find Mr. Hoffa,” she mentioned.
Schneider declined to remark additional when requested for particulars in regards to the excavation.
The Pulaski Skyway was searched after the FBI acquired a reputable tip.Getty Photos
Authorities consider Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit in 1975 whereas assembly with reputed mobsters.
Dan Moldea, a journalist who has written extensively in regards to the Hoffa saga, mentioned he was personally briefed by the FBI in a video convention name Thursday.
He mentioned the FBI and its contractors didn’t dig within the actual spot that he had really useful.
“I’m not thrilled with the end result. … My impression right this moment was them breaking the unhealthy information to me: Thanks for the tip however that is over. That’s my interpretation,” Moldea informed The Related Press.
“They dug holes very, very deep,” he mentioned.
Hoffa has been lacking since 1975. Bettmann Archive
The FBI reached out to Moldea final yr after he printed an in depth account from Frank Cappola, who was a youngster within the Nineteen Seventies when he labored on the previous PJP Landfill close to the bridge.
Cappola mentioned his father, Paul Cappola, who additionally labored on the landfill, defined how Hoffa’s physique was delivered there in 1975, positioned in a metal drum and buried with different barrels, bricks and grime.
Paul Cappola, apprehensive that police is perhaps watching, dug a gap on New Jersey state property, about 100 yards from the landfill, and subsequently moved the unmarked barrel there, in accordance with Moldea.
Frank Cappola spoke to Fox Nation and Moldea earlier than he died in 2020 and signed a doc testifying to his late father’s story.
Moldea mentioned the FBI informed him it didn’t dig within the actual spot that he had really useful as a result of radar confirmed nothing suspicious beneath floor.
“I do assume they missed this one spot,” he mentioned. “I feel the physique’s there. We simply can’t discover it.”
Hoffa was president of the two.1 million-member Teamsters union from 1957-71, even retaining the title whereas in jail for attempting to bribe jurors throughout a earlier trial. He was launched from jail in 1971 when President Richard Nixon shortened his sentence.
It has been lengthy speculated that Hoffa, who was 62, was killed by enemies as a result of he was planning a Teamsters comeback. He was declared legally lifeless in 1982.