A long-running mystery on the East Coast that has perplexed and terrified millions of baseball fans has made its way to New Jersey. Jimmy Hoffa, that is.
Following a tip from a former mobster with inside knowledge of the case, the FBI search team that had been scouring soil at a closed meatpacking plant in suburban Detroit on Thursday is on the hunt for a long-missing union leader. The search is taking place under a protective top-floor section of a 10-foot, underground concrete vestibule.
According to a report from CNN’s Drew Griffin, the bureau made a sloppy error in choosing the dig site. Overlooked under the surface of what was once a meatpacking plant was an eight-tire truck. The truck was lost in the 1992 flood, and investigators searching the area instead dug up a dumpster area.
“The thieves first took the storage building to the trash at Westland Recycling,” an Associated Press report on the crew’s error read. The building, which had once housed the building where a private-firing range was located, had been rumored to have a large safe filled with money and evidence belonging to the Teamsters Union.
As of now, the search team has not found the individual who has been in possession of the infamous treasure for decades. The reported owner of the car that mysteriously disappeared after Hoffa’s disappearance told investigators that the gangsters likely took the car on a quick getaway after the body had been disposed of and that they might have never returned.
The 65-year-old former Mafia captain who offered a purported tip to the FBI told investigators that he had “inside information” that Hoffa had been beaten and buried. It is also reported that he has claimed to have been given the information by a purported New Jersey mobster who is now deceased.
The search for Jimmy Hoffa also finds itself under the scrutiny of members of the Hall of Fame baseball organization, who have voiced their displeasure over the leadership of Teamsters boss Frank Fitzsimmons. Owner of the Lansing Lugnuts, a minor league team in Michigan, Fitzsimmons is believed to have protected his associates in the organized crime scene. After more than 30 years of declining membership, he was recently voted out of the Union’s top spot, only to be joined by new leadership. The focus on Hoffa’s disappearance points directly to Fitzsimmons’ alleged connections to organized crime, which some believe shows he is a potential target for a murder on payback.