Jimmy Hoffa deathbed tip prompts FBI to search under New Jersey bridge

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The decades-long odyssey to find the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, a resolute leader of the Teamsters union, has apparently landed next to a former New Jersey landfill that sits under an elevated highway.

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The FBI obtained a search warrant to “conduct a site survey under Pulaski Skyway,” said Mara Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Field Office.

“On October 25 and 26, FBI personnel from the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the survey and that data is currently being analyzed,” Schneider said in a statement Friday.


He did not indicate whether anything had been removed.

“Since the affidavit in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we are unable to provide any additional information,” Schneider said.

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The FBI’s disclosure is another twist in a mystery that has gripped law enforcement for more than 45 years.

Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, when he was to meet Detroit mob enforcer Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacolone and alleged New Jersey mobster Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano at a famous restaurant in Detroit.

Now the focus is in Jersey City, under a four-lane bridge where the sound of cars and trucks doesn’t stop. Wild-growing brush thrives in the gritty industrial area, and green dumpsters abound. No one commented around Interstate Waste Services.

“I have been assured that the body has not yet been excavated,” journalist Dan Moldia told the Associated Press, referring to the FBI’s work in October.

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Moldea, who has written extensively about the Hoffa saga, said he was contacted by the FBI in September 2020, months after speaking to Frank Capola, the son of a prominent figure, and publishing a detailed account.

Capola, who was a teenager in the 1970s, said he worked with his father, Paul Capola, in the old PJP landfill.

Cappola said his father was dying in 2008 when he decided to uncover the secrets. He described how Hoff’s body was transported to a landfill in 1975, placed in a steel drum and buried along with other barrels, bricks and dirt, according to Moldia.

Paul Capola, worried that police might be watching, dug a hole on New Jersey state property, about 100 yards from the landfill, and dumped unmarked barrels there, Moldia said Friday.

“Then he placed 15 to 30 steel drums on top of it, filled with toxic adhesive, and leveled the area,” Moldia said.

Frank Capola spoke to Fox Nation and Moldia before he died in 2020 and signed a document certifying his father’s story.

“I’ve moved all my chips on this thing. I believe we’ve got it,” Moldia told the AP. “Certainly the FBI is taking this seriously. It is wonderful, for their 46 year investigation on the verge of total and complete confirmation. I hope they will be successful.”

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Searches over the years have included various excavations in rural Michigan and even the removal of floorboards in a Detroit house.

Hoffa was president of the 2.1 million-member Teamsters union from 1957–71, holding the title even while in prison for trying to bribe gamblers during a previous trial. He was released from prison in 1971 when President Richard Nixon shortened his sentence.

It has long been speculated that 62-year-old Hoffa was killed by enemies as he was planning the return of the Teamsters. He was declared legally dead in 1982.


Associated Press video journalist Ted Schaffrey in New York City contributed to this report.

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