DETROIT – The FBI found no evidence of missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa during a search of land under a New Jersey bridge, a spokesman said Thursday.
The Pulaski Skyway is now another dead end in a decades-long mystery stretching from Michigan horse farms to the East Coast: Where are the remains of one of America’s most powerful labor leaders?
The 47-year puzzle culminated last year in a landing next to a former landfill under a bridge in Jersey City. The FBI searched there in early June.
“Nothing of evidentiary value was discovered during that search,” said Mara Snyder, an FBI spokeswoman in Detroit.
“While we do not anticipate any additional activity at the site at this time, the FBI will continue to pursue any viable leads in our efforts to locate Mr. Hoffa,” he said.
Snyder declined to comment further when asked for details about the dig.
Authorities believe Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit in 1975 while meeting up with notorious mobsters.
Dan Moldia, a journalist who has written extensively about the Hoffa story, said he was personally briefed by the FBI in a video conference call Thursday.
He said the FBI and its contractors didn’t dig in the right places he recommended.
“I am not thrilled with the results. … I guess today they broke the bad news to me: thanks for the tip but it’s over. That’s my interpretation,” Moldia told The Associated Press.
“They dug a very, very deep hole,” he said.
The FBI reached out to Moldia last year after uncovering a detailed account from Frank Cappola, who was a teenager in the 1970s when he worked at the old PJP landfill near the bridge.
Cappola said his father, Paul Cappola, who also worked at the landfill, explained how Hofer’s body was delivered there in 1975, placed in a steel drum and buried with other barrels, bricks and dirt.
Paul Cappola, worried that police might be watching, dug a hole on New Jersey state property about 100 yards from the landfill and later moved the unmarked barrel there, according to Moldia.
Frank Capola spoke to Fox Nation and Moldia before he died in 2020 and signed a document attesting to his late father’s story.
Moldia said the FBI told him the site he recommended had not been properly excavated because the radar did not show anything suspicious underground.
“I think they missed this one spot,” 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 1957-71, 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 commuted his sentence.
It has long been speculated that the 62-year-old Hoffa was killed by enemies as he planned a comeback for the Teamsters. He was declared legally dead in 1982.