MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – After stretching into a third day, the search for the body of missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa ended this (Wednesday) morning in a rural field in northern Oakland County.
FBI investigators said no evidence of the body was found after combing a one-acre site in Oakland Township with 40 agents and they were going to break down their search site however the case remains open.
The dig – the latest in what’s been nearly a 40-year search – was reportedly the result of extensive FBI interviews with former mobster Tony Zerilli (zuh-RILL-ee). The now 85-year old Zerilli was convicted of organized crime as a reputed mafia captain. He was in prison on July, 30 1975 – when Hoffa disappeared from a Bloomfield Township restaurant – but says he was informed about Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.
Zerilli is the son of Detroit mafia founder Joe Zerilli and served as the Detroit mob underboss from 1979 to 2002. Hoffa was president of the Teamsters union until 1971.
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