OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa on Monday, digging around in a suburban Detroit field where a reputed Mafia captain says the Teamsters boss' body was buried.
Authorities used excavation equipment to root around in the Oakland Township property, about 25 miles north of Detroit. The FBI halted the search for the day at about 7 p.m., and planned to resume their efforts on Tuesday.
Robert Foley, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, made a few brief comments during a news conference about the latest search for union leader who went missing in 1975. He said the warrant to search the property was sealed, and that authorities wouldn't be disclosing the details of what they were seeking.
Foley didn't mention the name of Tony Zerilli, the reputed Mafia captain who told Detroit TV station WDIV in February that he knew where Hoffa was buried. Zerilli, who promoting a book, "Hoffa Found," said the FBI had enough information for a search warrant to dig at the site, and that he had answered every question from agents and prosecutors.
Zerilli's lawyer, David Chasnick, said his client was "thrilled" that investigators were acting on the information. "Hoffa's body is somewhere in that field, no doubt about it," Chasnick said. He said his client wasn't making any public comments. Chesnick said Zerilli told him there used to be a barn in the field, and that Hoffa's body was buried beneath a concrete slab inside the barn.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI - JUNE 17: FBI agents direct a vehicle carrying digging machinery to a field to dig for the possible remains of former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa June 17, 2013 in Oakland Township, Michigan. The agents were acting on a tip provided by Tony Zerilli, 85, a former mobster, who was released from prison in 2008. Hoffa, who had reported ties to organized crime, went missing in July of 1975.
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI - JUNE 17: FBI agents search a field outside Detroit for the alleged remains of former Teamsters' union president Jimmy Hoffa June 17, 2013 in Oakland Township, Michigan. The agents were acting on a tip provided by Tony Zerilli, 85, a former mobster, who was released from prison in 2008. Hoffa, who had reported ties to organized crime, went missing in July of 1975.
It’s been almost 40 years since ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Now, a tip has police moving to dig under a Michigan driveway.
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