FBI Says Hoffa's Body Isn't Under Bridge, Either

Journalist maintains the New Jersey search wasn't in quite the right spot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 19, 2021 1:13 PM CST
Updated Jul 21, 2022 4:30 PM CDT
Search for Hoffa's Body Takes Swerve to Jersey
This photo shows Teamsters Union chief Jimmy Hoffa in Washington on July 26, 1959.   (AP Photo/File)

Update: The FBI said Thursday it found no sign of Jimmy Hoffa's remains under a bridge in New Jersey. But the journalist whose account led to the search said the dig took place in the wrong spot. Dan Moldea said the agency broke the news to him in a video call, the AP reports. "I'm not thrilled with the result," Moldea said, adding, "My impression today was them breaking the bad news to me: Thanks for the tip, but this is over." A spokeswoman said the FBI plans no more searching near the bridge but added, "The FBI will continue to pursue any viable lead in our efforts to locate Mr. Hoffa." Our original story from Nov 19, 2021, follows:

The decadeslong odyssey to find the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa apparently has turned to a former New Jersey landfill that sits below an elevated highway. The FBI obtained a search warrant to "conduct a site survey underneath the Pulaski Skyway," said Mara Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Detroit field office. "On October 25th & 26th, FBI personnel from the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the survey and that data is currently being analyzed," Schneider said in a written statement Friday, per the AP.

Schneider didn't indicate whether anything was removed. "Because the affidavit in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we are unable to provide any additional information," she said. Hoffa's disappearance has been unsolved for more than 45 years. He was last seen on July 30, 1975, when he was to meet with reputed Detroit mob enforcer Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone and alleged New Jersey mob figure Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano at a restaurant in suburban Detroit. The latest effort appears to be tied to interviews given by a man named Frank Cappola, who was a teenager in the 1970s. He said he worked at the old PJP Landfill in Jersey City with his father, Paul Cappola.

Cappola said his dying father explained in 2008 how Hoffa's body was delivered to the landfill in 1975, placed in a steel drum, and buried with other barrels, bricks, and dirt, the New York Times and Fox News reported. Frank Cappola spoke to Fox Nation and journalist Dan Moldea before he died in 2020 and signed a document with his father's detailed story. Moldea has written extensively about the search for Hoffa. The search over the years has included various digs in rural Michigan and even the removal of floorboards at a Detroit house.

(Read more Jimmy Hoffa stories.)

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