The FBI’s confirmation last week that it was looking at a spot near a New Jersey landfill as the possible burial site of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa is the latest development in a search that began when he disappeared in 1975.
Fox News confirmed last week that the FBI obtained a search warrant to examine the site that Fox Nation reported could be a burial site for Hoffa.
The revelations were reported as part of the Fox Nation series, “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa,” and were the focus of the fourth episode that is available on the streaming service.
Fox Nation hired a ground-penetrating-radar company, Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, in March 2020 to conduct a underground survey of the location, with a technician describing large pieces of round metal that could be a 55-gallon drum Hoffa was said to have been buried in.
“Last month, the FBI obtained a search warrant to conduct a site survey underneath the Pulaski Skyway,” the FBI said in a statement to Fox News. “On October 25th and 26th, FBI personnel from the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the survey, and that data is currently being analyzed. Because the affidavit in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we are unable to provide any additional information.”
A number of theories have emerged about Hoffa since he was reported missing, though many of them have been tied to book releases. From serious to scurrilous, here are some of the best:
Hoffa was killed on the orders of alleged New Jersey mob figure Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. His body was “ground up in little pieces, shipped to Florida and thrown into a swamp.”
Self-described mafia murderer Charles Allen, who served prison time with Hoffa and participated in the federal witness-protection program, told the story to a U.S. Senate committee in 1982.
The FBI never found enough evidence to support the claim and questions were raised about Allen trying to sell the story to make money.
- February, 14, 1913
- July, 30, 1975
- Body lost or destroyed