“The evidence recovery team is going to go in and they’re gonna do a grid search of the area. If they have not already, they’ll probably bring in the ground piercing radar to kind a take a look at the area and, you know, it’s gonna take a while,” Arena said. “They don’t just come in with a bulldozer and a backhoe and start digging … They’re gonna take a look at the area, cordon it off, and then go section by section.”
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a prosecutor at the time of Hoffa’s disappearance, says he doesn’t think anything will come of this dig. “I’ve been through this so many times. We’ve been down this trail, this dead-end street — I can almost think of a dozen separate times,” Patterson said.
“We sent out the backhoes and tore up property, tore down barns or what have you, and … I don’t care how good the tip is in this instance. I am really pretty much a pessimist on this one,” Patterson said.
Oakland Township residents are skeptical, too.
“I’m shocked that this is happening out here, and I just don’t think it’s for real,” said Sharon McKay, who joined a curious crowd of onlookers. “There’s so many other places that they’ve looked, and they haven’t found him. Why now?”
Speaking at the scene, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, said he hopes this will finally bring the cold case to a close.
“It’s my fondest hope that we can give that closure, not just to the Hoffa family, but also to the community. Stop tearing that scab off with every new lead and bring some conclusion,” he said. “It’s long overdue, and certainly, you know, the FBI is committed as we all are to … bring that to that point.”
Zerilli has been promoting a book, “Hoffa Found.” A website says the book will reveal details about Hoffa’s death.
Hoffa was president of the Teamsters union until 1971.