Jimmy Hoffa could soon be uncovered as a forensic team is close to making public the results of a search under a shed in Roseville, Michigan where his body was believed to have been buried. But authorities aren’t holding their breath.
Two soil samples were taken from a home in the suburban Detroit community after a witness claimed he saw a body buried on the property the day after Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975, CNN reported. The samples sent to a lab at Michigan State University for tests to determine whether the soil contained any human remains.
“I know everyone is awaiting word on the results of the soil samples removed from the Florida Street home Friday,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said in a statement today. “Michigan State University has the samples and has begun the testing.”
Findings from the Jimmy Hoffa search are expected to be published Tuesday. Police have already said that there are no “discernable remains” in the soil when they dug into it.
Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance 35 years ago sparked decades of investigation and an ongoing search for his final resting place. The then 62-year-old Hoffa was last seen July 30, 1975 at a restaurant outside Detroit. He was there to meet with Detroit Mafia enforcer Anthony Giacalone and Genovese crime family figure Anthony Provenzano, who was also a chief of a Teamsters local in New Jersey. The FBI said Hoffa’s disappearance was connected to his efforts to regain power in the Teamsters and the mob’s influence over the union’s pension funds.
The man who tipped police off to the possible Jimmy Hoffa burial ground once did business with Giacalone.
There doesn’t appear to be much optimism that the search will yield remains of Jimmy Hoffa. Police have said the timeline of the events related to Hoffa’s disappearance don’t add up, The Detroit Free Press reported. While they believe something may be buried in the area, they are skeptical it is Hoffa.