The FBI recently executed a search warrant at a former New Jersey landfill where an investigative reporter and author believes ex-Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa is buried.
The New York Times reports that agents visited a patch of dirt and gravel the size of a Little League diamond below the four-lane Pulaski Skyway bridge on Oct. 25-26 for a “site survey." A check of the former PJP landfill could include soil samples and other tests.
“FBI personnel from the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the survey and that data is currently being analyzed,” FBI agent Mara R. Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Detroit office, tells the Times. The Detroit office has led the investigation since Hoffa disappeared in July 1975.
The statement doesn't say whether the FBI would excavate. Schneider did not immediately return a call Friday morning from Deadline Detroit for additional comment.
Past excavations to look for Hoffa have come up empty and have embarrassed the bureau.
Reporter and author Dan Moldea, who is considered an expert on the Hoffa case, has interviewed a key person connected to the landfill, and believes Hoffa is buried in a steel drum on the site. He calls the lead "100 percent credible," and has been advocating for the FBI to excavate the site.
Moldea, in a statement to Deadline Detroit on Friday, writes:
"The only person who knew the exact location of Jimmy Hoffa’s remains was the person who buried him: Paul Cappola, the co-owner of the PJP landfill, who died in 2008. The only person Cappola told was his oldest son, Frank, who died in 2020. And the only person Frank told in 2019 was me."
"If this latest drama is confirmed, it will be a major vindication of the FBI’s righteous 46-year investigation of the Hoffa murder case, and it will solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century."