The decades-long search to find the remains of the missing Jimmy Hoffa, tenacious leader of the Teamsters union, is now reportedly centered on land next to a former New Jersey garbage dump. which is under a road overpass.
The FBI obtained a court order “to conduct an examination of a site under the Pulaski Skyway,” said Mara Schneider, a spokeswoman for the agency’s Detroit office. “On October 25 and 26, FBI personnel from the Newark and Detroit offices completed the study and that information is now being analyzed. “Schneider said in a statement Friday.
It did not indicate, however, whether anything was extracted from the site.
“As the Court sealed the affidavit in support of the court order, we are unable to provide any additional information,” said Schneider.
The FBI disclosure is another twist on a mystery that has captured the attention of law enforcement agencies in the United States for more than 45 years.
Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, when he was going to meet famed Detroit mob thug Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone, and alleged New Jersey mobster “Tony Pro” Provenzano at a suburban Detroit restaurant.
According to The Washington Post, the meeting may have been an attempt to resolve the conflict over who would lead the Teamsters. Hoffa had chaired the group until 1971, including while incarcerated on a jury tampering conviction. President Richard Nixon later commuted his sentence on the condition that he not participate in union activities until 1980, but Hoffa made it clear that he did not intend to obey that order.
On the day of his disappearance, Hoffa called his wife from the restaurant parking lot to ask if he had been called at home, and contacted to a friend to tell him that Giacalone and Provenzano had stood him up.
The historic trade unionist never returned home. Authorities found his dark green Pontiac in the restaurant parking lot the next morning.. The vehicle was empty except for a pair of white gloves.
In accordance with The Washington Post, a federal grand jury heard 70 witnesses but did not issue indictments. In 1982, Hoffa was declared legally dead.
The focus is now on Jersey City, under a four-lane bridge where the noise of cars and trucks does not stop.
“They have assured me that the corpse has not been excavated yet”, The journalist Dan Moldea told The Associated Press, referring to work done by the FBI on the site in October.
The reporter, who has written extensively about Hoffa, said authorities contacted him in September 2020, months after he spoke with Frank Cappola, the son of a key character, and posted a detailed account.
As detailed, Frank Cappola, who was a teenager in the 1970s, worked at the old garbage dump with his father, Paul.
On his deathbed in 2008, Paul when he decided to reveal secrets and explained how Hoffa’s corpse was sent to the garbage dump in 1975, placed in a steel barrel and buried along with other barrels, bricks and dirt, according to Moldea.
The man, concerned that the police might discover him, dug a hole in a piece of land owned by the state of New Jersey, about 300 feet from the garbage dump, and dumped the barrel there. “He then placed 15 to 30 steel barrels on top, which were filled with toxic adhesives, and flattened the area with heavy machinery.“Revealed Moldea.
Frank Cappola spoke with Fox Nation and Moldea before dying in 2020 and signed a document in which he attested to his father’s story.
Hoffa served as president of the 2.1 million-member Teamsters from 1957 to 1971, holding the job even in prison, where he was sent after being sentenced for trying to bribe jurors in a previous trial. He was released from prison in 1971, when former President Richard Nixon shortened his sentence.
Many people think they know who was responsible for Hoffa’s disappearance. One of them was former FBI agent Kenneth Walton, who before ending a career of almost a quarter of a century, assured that he had the answer, but added that he would never be able to continue with the case, for reasons of confidentiality.. Additionally, some of the suspects were also dead, Walton said.
“I feel comfortable knowing who did it, but it will never be prosecuted because we would have to release informants, confidential sources,” he told the Detroit News in 1989. “There was more than one person who killed Jimmy Hoffa or was involved in the efforts. “.
(With information from AP)
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