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 suburbanDetroit driveway to see if it solves the mystery regarding the 1975disappearance 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."
LastFriday, Berlin said, ground-scanning radar detected "an anomaly" underthe driveway. Soil samples will be taken Friday and sent to a forensicanthropologist at Michigan State University.
The 62-year-old Hoffavanished from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox in nearbyBloomfield Township on July 30, 1975, and he was declared legally deadin 1982. He reportedly told associates he went to the restaurant toreconcile with two Mafia leaders, including one who was a Teamstersofficial in New Jersey.
The FBI believes that Hoffa was killed after getting into a car drivenby his protege, Charles O'Brien, and that his body was shredded orincinerated.
The FBI believes that Hoffa was killed after getting into a cardriven by his protege, Charles O'Brien, and that his body was shreddedor incinerated.
Authorities have checked out hundreds of tipsabout Hoffa's possible whereabouts. In what was called "the Big Dig,"police searched a farm in Milford, Mich., in 2006, andin 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 of theRenaissance Center, the high-rise headquarters of General Motors inDetroit.
A popular urban myth puts Hoffa's remains under theformer New York Giants' football stadium Known as "The Meadowlands" inEast Rutherford, N.J., 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 deadand gone. I believe there are people out there who know what happened,but they're not talking."
"After so many false turns, I'll besurprised if anything comes of it," she added."But as his daughter, Iwould like to have a body to bury."
Hoffawas convicted in 1964 of jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraudand began a 13-year prison sentence in 1967. Four years later he waspardoned by President Nixon and barred from union activities until 1980.
The Freep has a timelineof Hoffa's disappearance.