“I know he’s there,” Tony Zerilli, who claims he was told that Hoffa was killed and buried beneath a barn, told NBC News before the search was called off. “I’m not wrong.”
Investigators thought that Zerilli’s claim would lead to Hoffa’s remains finally being found, because he is alleged to be the former underboss of a Detroit crime family. He denies that he was in the mafia or involved in Hoffa’s disappearance.
The team searching for Hoffa’s remains in Oakland Township did say that they found concrete slabs (a key point in Zerilli’s story), but they failed to unearth anything that would go toward solving the mystery of Hoffa’s disappearance.
With no human remains found in a one-acre plot of land over three days of excavation, the FBI officially called off the dig.
Hoffa vanished in 1975, and authorities have searched dozens of locations for his body. Many conspiracy theories about Hoffa’s disappearance have been put out over the years, and it is one of our country’s longest-thriving mysteries.
Hoffa was declared legally dead in 1982, seven years after his disappearance. He is best known for his various roles with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, beginning as an organizer and eventually becoming the General President of the union.
He is widely recognized for his role in the growth and development of the union, which ultimately became the largest single union in the United States.
Do you think that Jimmy Hoffa’s remains will ever be found?