New chapter in Jimmy Hoffa search: Police to drill beneath Michigan home
Jimmy Hoffa at the Teamster's Union Convention.
September 27th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

New chapter in Jimmy Hoffa search: Police to drill beneath Michigan home

Police will drill outside a suburban Detroit residence Friday in the search for Jimmy Hoffa, the labor strongman whose disappearance is one of the most notorious and mysterious in U.S. history.

A tipster told police that a body was buried at the spot in Roseville, Michigan, at around the same time the Teamsters boss disappeared in 1975.

The tipster did not claim it was Hoffa's body, authorities said.

Police Chief James Berlin told CNN Thursday that while the tipster's information seems credible, he's not convinced the body is Hoffa's because of the timeline. He spoke with the tipster on August 22, and believes the person did see a burial.

The tipster did not come forward sooner out of fear, said Berlin.

Dan Moldea, author of "The Hoffa Wars," told CNN the tipster, a former gambler, contacted him on March 30. The tipster used to do business with a man who had ties to Anthony Giacalone, an organized crime figure who was supposed to meet Hoffa the day he disappeared, Moldea said.

"I am very skeptical," Moldea said of the planned dig. If Hoffa's burial had taken place at the spot, it would have been in full view of the neighborhood, the author argued.

And if Hoffa's body was disposed of, it would have been done in a way that no evidence would be left years later, he said.

At 10 a.m. Friday, crews will begin digging, police chief Berlin said. It shouldn't take long to get a sample, which will be taken to a forensic anthropologist at the University of Michigan for analysis.

The reading will determine whether there are human remains at the site, but will not identify them, Berlin said.

"It took us a while to get the proper equipment to do what we're going to do. If this is a person, they've been down there for 35 years. What's a few more days?" Berlin said.

Results from the soil testing should be available next week, the chief told CNN Wednesday.

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Roderick

    Unions, corrupt then and corrupt now. Amazing how nothing changes. Except that unions drove all the manufacturing jobs out of the US and public sector unions are bankrupting all the states that have them, and Chicago teachers are compensated far beyond their worth for not educating a city full of horrible horrible underclass violent welfare recipient creatures. Besides that, nothing changes.

    September 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugbuster

      Is this parody, or caricature, or what? It's silly without being funny. Keep trying.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malarky

      Get real. Manufacturing jobs are sent overseas because they can pay pennies to the child laborers they use.

      September 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bugbuster

    Too bad if this means we can no longer say of Hoffa, "He sleeps with the fishes."

    September 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    These criminal tipsters are often full of it. They never found Spider's body (the movie Goodfellas and Henry Hill's book) even after Henry Hill claimed he was buried in Jimmy Burke's basement.

    September 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sinfully Yours

    This just in...
    Hoffa is buried under a Michagan home and guess what...


    September 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenna

      I'm afraid to go there. They have those militias and stuff.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jenna

    I wish Jeraldo Rivera could have found him.

    September 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wonder if he checked Al Capone's vault for Jimmy's body?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Weazle

    @Roderick dont get mad because one of those welfare creatures sleeps with your woman or maybe your sister or maybe your mom or even better your daughter

    September 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    @ SY, all of michigan does NOT suck, parts yes, just like any other state. If youre a nature person MICH is quite beautiful.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    This another one of those stories that half the people weren't born when he disappeared and the other half say: YAWN! Another Hoffa sighting!

    September 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      They're almost as frequent as Elvis sightings, lol.

      I just wish they'd find him already and get the mystery solved.
      Maybe someday the killers could say "and I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids."

      Could they GET a shadier-looking picture of Hoffa??

      September 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    I don't recall ever hearing the term Lipester used to describe an informant. Perhaps it's slang for Teamster with a big mouth?
    Interestingly, about 80% of all crimes are solved by imformants, not police detectives. To find a citizenry this willing to roll over on each other, one would have to revisit the vichy french of WWII, or jews snitching on Christ.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Schoolmarm

    *Lipster, rather. Pester is somewhat harsh.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    No it never ends with the mystery of Hoffa. Where I grew up the story was often told that he was buried in the cement of The Meadowlands in NJ.

    September 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Milordy

    And here's a website where two US senator's are asking that Sibel Edmonds be allowed to speak what she saw. (Certain FBI officials covering for 9/11 financiers) Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is one of them. A'course even List blogger Milarky knows Leahy just made all of this up.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Another name yet again, Philip.

      September 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Milordy

    A republican senator is the other asking for Sibel D. Edmonds to be de-gagged. Senator Charles Grassley. (R-IA) I guess he made-up Sibel being gagged too, eh gals?

    September 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Hey, boy, how many times do 'us gals' have to say Sibel Edmonds should be ungagged before you comprehend it?

    September 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. no name

    This isn't about Philip, it is about Hoffa. Hoffa got boring (again) and so now I'm just replying to "Milarkys" comments denying Sybel.
    While I am very interesting, I am off topic. If you would like to start your own thread about Philip, just bring up his name and start talking about him like I do for Sybel D. Edmonds. Is she a friend of yours @dazzle?

    September 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
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