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FBI Pursuing New Lead In Jimmy Hoffa Disappearance

Submitted by on June 18, 2013 – 9:34 amNo Comment

With alleged crime boss Whitey Bulger captured and on trial after 16 years on the run, maybe the FBI is feeling good about closing some more cold cases. The Bureau dug up a Michigan field on Monday, pursuing a new tip about the location of the body of Jimmy Hoffa.

The lead reportedly came from Anthony Zerilli, 85, a reputed former mobster. Zerilli is the son of former Detroit mob boss Joseph Zerilli, who was a leader of the city’s organized crime at the time of Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975. Zerilli was in jail when Hoffa disappeared; but he claims to be close to sources who knew the truth.

Zerilli wrote a manuscript about his revelations, which he sells online, along with autographed photos of himself.

The FBI confirmed that a search was underway in the field in Oakland Township, a suburb of Detroit, but would provide no further details.

Jimmy Hoffa was the powerful president of the Teamsters union from 1958-1971. He was last seen outside the Mauchus Red Fox restaurant in another Detroit suburb, about 20 miles from the site of the current investigation. Hoffa’s disappearance has inspired numerous conspiracy theories, books, and movies, and remains unsolved.

[via USA Today; image by Rebecca Cook/Reuters]

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