Report: Cops To Dig Up Roseville Driveway In Jimmy Hoffa Hunt

ROSEVILLE (CBS Detroit)  Following up on “credible evidence,” Roseville police are planning to dig up a soil sample from a Roseville driveway in the continuing hunt for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa.

Radar equipment was reportedly brought in by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to scan the driveway on Florida Street, near 12 Mile and Gratiot, following a tip — and something unusual was found.

The soil sample dig will begin Friday.

Local police have pursued thousands of leads in the decades since the Teamsters boss went to lunch on July 30, 1975, at the Machus Red Fox in Bloomfield Hills to meet a mob-connected Teamsters boss and Detroit mob Captain Tony Jack Giacalone — and was never seen again.

Most recently, police dug up the ground near a Milford horse barn in 2006 that was once owned by a Teamsters official — but found nothing. In 2003, authorities drained and dug up the ground near a backyard pool a few hours north of Detroit — and again, turned up nothing.

The latest tip comes from a man dying of cancer who told police he saw men suspiciously moving black bags at the home the night of Hoffa’s disappearance.

Local mob expert Scott Burnstein, author of “Motor City Mafia,” said the area in and around Roseville was a hotbed for mob activity in Hoffa’s era — but he also thinks it’s not likely Hoffa’s remains were buried.

Many, including Burnstein, believe his body was destroyed. The FBI refused to comment on the dig.

Burnstein hypothesizes the “anomaly” found under the driveway was dirt that had been disturbed.


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