Police plan to take soil samples from a driveway in a Detroit suburb, searching for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, missing since 1975 (AP/USA Today)
It's the organized-crime version of "Where's Waldo?" -- Where's Jimmy Hoffa?
Friday, Michigan police will follow yet-another tip and examine a suburban Detroit driveway to see if it solves the mystery regarding the 1975 disappearance of the legendary Teamsters union boss, the Detroit Free Press reports.
"We received information from an individual who saw something," Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told the Free Press, which is published by Gannett, USA TODAY's parent. "The information seemed credible, so we decided to follow up on it."
Last Friday, Berlin said, ground-scanning radar detected "an anomaly" under the driveway. Soil samples will be taken Friday and sent to a forensic anthropologist at Michigan State University.
The 62-year-old Hoffa vanished from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox in nearby Bloomfield Township on July 30, 1975, and he was declared legally dead in 1982. He reportedly told associates he went to the restaurant to reconcile with two Mafia leaders, including one who was a Teamsters official in New Jersey.
The FBI believes that Hoffa was killed after getting into a car driven by his protoge, Charles O'Brien, and that his body was shredded or incinerated.
Authorities have checked out hundreds of tips about Hoffa's possible whereabouts. In what was called "the Big Dig," police searched a farm in Milford, Mich., in 2006, and in 2009 dug up a Detroit lumber yard. Other sites have included a backyard swimming pool and other homes. Last year, a Canadian author claimed Hoffa was buried in the foundation the Renaissance Center, the high-rise headquarters of General Motors.
A popular urban myth puts Hoffa's remains under the New York Giants' football stadium in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, or in a slaughterhouse rendering plant.
His daughter sees another wild-goose chase.
"I don't put much credence into it," Barbara Crancer, a retired St. Louis administrative judge, told the Free Press. "I don't think the case will ever be solved. Too many people are dead and gone. I believe there are people out there who know what happened, but they're not talking."
"After so many false turns, I'll be surprised if anything comes of it," she added."But as his daughter, I would like to have a body to bury."
Hoffa was convicted in 1964 of jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud and began a 13-year prison sentence in 1967. Four years later he was pardoned by President Richard Nixon and barred from union activities until 1980.