May 17, 2006

FBI searches Michigan farm for Hoffa’s body: report

DETROIT (Reuters) - The FBI, acting on a tip about the
mysterious 1975 disappearance of labor union leader Jimmy
Hoffa, dug on a Michigan horse farm on Wednesday in search of
evidence in the case, local media reported.

Overhead video images from a Detroit television station
showed agents using shovels to dig on a farm in Milford
Township, about 35 miles from Detroit. The farm is about 15
miles west of the restaurant parking lot where the legendary
Teamsters union boss went missing on July 30, 1975.

The FBI could not be reached for comment, but the Detroit
Free Press quoted Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca as
saying the FBI had a promising tip in the case. The report said
the FBI would use heavy equipment to continue the search.

Hoffa was declared dead in 1982, and numerous books and
movies about his life have pinned his disappearance on mobsters
who murdered him and disposed of his body because they did not
want him back in charge of the Teamsters.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for bribery, but was
released in 1971 after serving only four years after President
Richard Nixon commuted his sentence to time served.

Hoffa had called his wife from a pay telephone outside the
Machus Red Fox restaurant to say the men he was to meet had not
shown up. He was there to reconcile a feud with a New Jersey
Teamsters boss and a Detroit mobster.

The FBI has engaged in a fruitless search for the
62-year-old Hoffa's remains in a home in the Detroit area and
other locations. One rumor that he had been buried under the
artificial turf at Giants Stadium in New Jersey was checked out
by ground-penetrating radar, to no avail.