FBI begins farm dig, but Hoffa still elusive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Donald Shouse of nearby Highland Township, who has done business on the horse farm for three decades, said the structure was built sometime in the 1970s and was the oldest barn on the site. The search of the Milford Township farm, 30 miles northwest of Detroit, began May 17. Officials have said the search would last a couple of weeks and involve cadaver dogs, demolition experts, archaeologists and anthropologists. FBI spokeswoman Dawn Clenney said Wednesday night that the search had turned up nothing significant. No trace of Hoffa has ever been found, and no one has ever been charged in his disappearance. A government investigator said last week that Donovan Wells, who lived on the land at the time, gave the FBI the tip that sparked the intense effort to solve the legendary mystery. The investigator is familiar with the current dig and spoke on condition of anonymity because some of his information came from records that have been ordered sealed by a federal judge. MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – After tearing apart a barn, FBI agents began digging up the ground where it stood Thursday, taking photos and video and sifting through dirt by hand as they searched for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains at a suburban Detroit farm. After a backhoe dug a hole at the site, FBI agents and crime-scene investigators jumped in to take pictures and comb through the soil. At one point, two dogs were sent into the hole. The 100-by-30-foot barn was torn down Wednesday as the FBI scoured Hidden Dreams Farm, which once was owned by a Hoffa associate and is located not far from where the former Teamsters chief vanished in 1975. Before the dig began Thursday, authorities removed a layer of concrete and asphalt that had been the floor of three rooms inside the building. Hoffa last was seen on a night he was scheduled to have dinner at a restaurant about 20 miles from the farm.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more