Soil samples have been taken by the FBI and local Michigan police after they received a tip from a dying man that the body of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa may be buried in Roseville, a Detroit suburb.
The FBI believes Hoffa was murdered by the mob, but no one has been able to find his body. Known officially as James Riddle "Jimmy" Hoffa, born on February 14, 1913, he disappeared on July 30, 1975, but was not legally declared dead until July 30, 1982. Jimmy Hoffa has remained one of America's most famous missing persons to this day.
ABC reports that the unidentified man who tipped Roseville police is dying of cancer, and wishes to remain anonymous out of fear. However, the house where the FBI and authorities are searching is located is in the 18700 block of Florida Street in northern Roseville, about 20 miles northeast of Detroit.
However, CNN reported that "The tipster did not claim it was Hoffa's body...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."
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin confirmed that investigators had received the tip, telling the Detroit Free Press that "the information seemed credible, so we decided to follow up on it."
ABC quoted an NBC station WDIV-TV, reporting that the tipster had seen individuals carrying a black bag at the house just hours after Jimmy Hoffa went missing. Last week, authorities ran radar tests that picked up an image of something buried beneath a cement slab in the backyard.
The fact that a cement slab was placed on what was buried may mean a body has been buried, but is it Jimmy Hoffa? The CNN article posts that Police Chief Berlin says once dirt samples have been sent for analysis to a forensic anthropologist at the University of Michigan, a determination can be made whether there are human remains or not. However, it will not identify who the body is. Results from the soil testing should be available next week. The FBI has a sample of Hoffa's DNA taken from a hair brush.
Jimmy Hoffa's son, James P. Hoffa, is the current president of the Teamsters Union. His father was considered one of the most powerful union leaders at a time when unions controlled the elections and were known to be notoriously tied to organized crime.
Jimmy Hoffa was sent to prison in 1967 to serve an eight-year term with parole in 32 months. He was forced out of the organized labor movement. He served time for jury tampering and fraud at a Lewisburg federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania.
Hoffa was pardoned by President Nixon on December 23, 1971, on the condition that he not re-enter the union movement before 1980. Right before he disappeared, the FBI discovered hundreds of millions of dollars was stolen from the Teamster's largest pension fund.