FBI: No Sign of Jimmy Hoffa Under New Jersey Bridge

DETROIT-

The FBI found no evidence of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance during a search of land under a New Jersey bridge, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

The Pulaski Skyway now becomes another dead end in the decades-long mystery that has stretched from a Michigan horse farm to the East Coast: Where are the remains of one of America’s most powerful labor leaders?

The 47-year-old conundrum turned into dirt last year next to a former landfill under the bridge in Jersey City. The FBI conducted a search there in early June.

“Nothing of evidentiary value was discovered during that search,” said Mara Schneider, an FBI spokeswoman in Detroit.

“While we currently do not anticipate any additional activity at the site, the FBI will continue to pursue any viable leads in our efforts to locate Mr. Hoffa,” he said.

Schneider declined to comment further when asked for details about the excavation.

Authorities believe Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit in 1975 while meeting with high-profile mobsters.

Dan Moldea, a journalist who has written extensively on the Hoffa saga, said the FBI briefed him personally in a video conference on Thursday.

He said that the FBI and its contractors did not dig in the exact spot that he had recommended.

“I am not thrilled with the result. … My impression today was that I was given the bad news: thanks for the advice, but this is over. That is my interpretation,” Moldea told The Associated Press.

“They dug very, very deep holes,” he said.

The FBI contacted Moldea last year after he published a detailed account by Frank Cappola, who was a teenager in the 1970s working at the former PJP dump near the bridge.

Cappola said his father, Paul Cappola, who also worked at the dump, explained how Hoffa’s body was delivered there in 1975, placed in a steel drum and buried with other barrels, bricks and dirt.

Paul Cappola, concerned that police might be watching, dug a hole on New Jersey state property about 100 yards from the dump, then moved the unmarked barrel there, according to Moldea.

Frank Cappola spoke with Fox Nation and Moldea before he died in 2020 and signed a document attesting to his late father’s story.

Moldea said the FBI told him it didn’t dig in the exact spot he had recommended because radar didn’t show anything suspicious underground.

“I think they missed this place,” he said. I think the body is there. We just can’t find it.”

Hoffa was president of the 2.1 million-member Teamsters union from 1957 to 1971, even holding the title while in prison for trying to bribe jurors during an earlier trial. He was released from prison in 1971 when President Richard Nixon shortened his sentence.

It has long been speculated that Hoffa, who was 62, was killed by enemies because he was planning a Teamsters comeback. He was declared legally dead in 1982.

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