Jimmy Hoffa's Remains: FBI Search Michigan Field After Mobster Tony Zerilli Tips Feds [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on June 17, 2013 3:35 PM EDT

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In May 2006,FBI agents searched the farm for the remains of the Teamsters union leader James “Jimmy” Hoffa, who disappeared from a restaurant in 1975 about 20 miles from the farm. FBI started the search on a tip from 75-year-old Donovan Wells who was serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for marijuana smuggling. The search turned up nothing. (Photo: Reuters)

Jimmy Hoffa's remains are believed to be buried in a field 20 miles north of Detroit, Mich. CNN reports that the FBI began digging for Hoffa's remains today after they received a tip from mobster Tony Zerilli earlier this year.

While previous tips regarding the whereabouts of Hoffa's remains have left the FBI empty-handed, one mob expert said Zerilli's tip was "the most credible lead the FBI's ever gotten" on the Hoffa case.

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Should authorities uncover Hoffa's remains, the discovery would end a 38-year-old mystery.

Hoffa, an American labor union leader, went missing on July 30, 1975, after being involved in organized crime for over 40 years. He served a leadership role in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a U.S. labor union representing blue-collar and professional workers, for much of his adult life. He was last seen outside the Machus Red Fox, a Detroit-area restaurant. Authorities believe the mafia abducted Hoffa, who was then 62 years old, from the restaurant.

Hoffa was going to testify in a U.S. Senate committee hearing regarding Detroit's organized crime masthead. He went missing before his appointment with the Senate.

Zerilli, who was second in command with the Detroit mafia, told reporters earlier this year that Hoffa's remains were buried in a field 20 miles north of Detroit.

According to Newsmax, the 85-year-old Michigan mobster, who has suffered from rapidly declining health, was in prison at the time of Hoffa's disappearance.

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