OLD BROOKLYN -- It's the story that has become the talk of the town. Are the remains of Jimmy Hoffa inside a local tavern?

As crews began tearing down a basement wall in Wexler's Tavern on Wednesday, workers found 11 bone fragments buried inside.

Cleveland Police took possession of the bones and delivered them to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office to determine if the bones are human.

Photos: Wexler's Tavern search

Today, crews will continue tearing down the wall as the search for Hoffa's remains continues, which you can watch streaming live here on

Why is this local tavern suddenly such a focal point in Hoffa's mysterious disappearance?

It goes back to Wexler's previous owner who discovered bones wrapped in red-butcher paper inside the wall 25 years ago during a renovation. After notifying police, the bar owner says police told him to discard the bones.

Recently, the tavern's new owner found a matchbook from the Palm Desert Lodge in California when cutting out a panel in the wall. The lodge was dubbed "the house Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters built."

That sparked the interest to see if Hoffa's 1975 mysterious disappearance might have a connection to Northeast Ohio.