In a surprising development surrounding one of America’s most enduring mysteries, the FBI recently conducted a search of a New Jersey landfill for the remains of missing Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa. The latest chapter in the legendary cold case, which began back in 1975 when the union president vanished without a trace, was reportedly brought about by a deathbed confession from a former worker at the site. The circuitous claim is that the man’s father had been tasked with burying Hoffa’s body in a steel drum at the Jersey City location which sits beneath a bridge known as the Pulaski Skyway. While the tale may sound like some kind of boastful last-minute claim to fame, it was apparently compelling enough for the FBI to take action.
Being understandably vague about the matter, the bureau confirmed that they had visited the landfill last month and conducted a search of the area, though they refrained from saying that they were looking for Hoffa’s remains. That said, given the very specific nature of the spot and that it came to light by way of the deathbed tip, which had generated considerable publicity over the last year or so, it is fairly obvious that the endeavor was connected to the case of the missing Teamster boss. It remains to be seen whether or not the deathbed confession ultimately leads to the mystery being solved after nearly five decades or if it winds being yet another fruitless fishing expedition like so many in the past.