Still Dead, Again: Diggers Pack Up, Closing Latest Hoffa Mystery Chapter

June 19, 2013, 10:56 AM

Arial view of the search Tuesday is from Fox 2 News.

The show in Oakland Township is over, the FBI says.

Candice Williams and Mike Martindale report details for The Detroit News:

After stretching into a third day, the search for the body of missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa ended Wednesday morning in a rural field in northern Oakland County.

FBI investigators said no evidence of the body was found.

Excavations began Monday near the intersection of Buell and Adams roads on a property owned by former mob boss Jack Tocco. The digging, predictably, drew national media coverage.

The feds acted on a tip from Anthony ("Tony Z") Zerilli, 85, a former high-ranking member of the Detroit-area mob known as La Cosa Nostra.

Zerilli told agents Hoffa was abducted, whacked over the head with a shovel and buried alive in a shallow grave on the former farm.

Hoffa vanished in July 1975 at age 62 from outside a Bloomfield Township  restaurant, presumably snatched by mobsters who didn't want him to regain the union presidency after a prison term. Efforts to find his remains have "seemed like a ghost hunt for nearly four decades across southeast Michigan and beyond," The News reporters write.

Read more:  The Detroit News

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