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FBI ends Michigan search for Hoffa’s remains

  • Investigators stand at the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where officials attempt to restore the field to its natural condition after the FBI stopped the search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains. The FBI had been digging and searching for three days for the remains of Teamsters union president Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Investigators stand at the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where officials attempt to restore the field to its natural condition after the FBI stopped the search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains. The FBI had been digging and searching for three days for the remains of Teamsters union president Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • A trailer arrives at the scene of the search by the FBI in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa. Authorities have pursued multiple leads as to Hoffa's whereabouts since his disappearance in 1975.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    A trailer arrives at the scene of the search by the FBI in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa. Authorities have pursued multiple leads as to Hoffa's whereabouts since his disappearance in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Robert Foley, center, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addresses the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where he announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Robert Foley, center, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addresses the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where he announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addresses the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where he announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addresses the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where he announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Law enforcement officials walk back to the search area after Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addressed the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)a

    Law enforcement officials walk back to the search area after Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addressed the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)a

  • Investigators stand at the scene in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where officials attempt to restore the field to its natural condition after the FBI stopped the search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains. The FBI had been digging and searching for three days for the remains of Teamsters union president Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • A trailer arrives at the scene of the search by the FBI in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa. Authorities have pursued multiple leads as to Hoffa's whereabouts since his disappearance in 1975.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Robert Foley, center, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addresses the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where he announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addresses the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 where he announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Law enforcement officials walk back to the search area after Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, addressed the media in Oakland Township, Mich., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and announced the FBI was ending the search operations for the remains of Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa who disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)a

Beneath a swimming pool, under a horse farm and now a weed-grown field north of Detroit. For at least the third time in a decade, FBI agents grabbed shovels and combed through dirt and mud in the search for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains or clues to the disappearance of the former Teamsters boss.

Once again, the search was futile.

“Certainly, we’re disappointed,” Detroit FBI chief Robert Foley told reporters yesterday as federal and local authorities wrapped up another excavation that failed to turn up anything that could be linked to Hoffa, who has been missing since 1975.

Many people interested in the mystery assume Hoffa ran afoul of the mob and was whacked.

“Right now the case remains open,” Foley said. “At this point, if we do get logical leads and enough probable cause that warrant the resources to do an investigation, then we’ll continue to do so.”

The latest search for Hoffa’s remains was prompted by a tip from reputed ex-Mafia captain Tony Zerilli. About 40 FBI agents searched a small field surrounded by trees and a gravel road in Oakland Township. With the aid of a backhoe, they spent about 10 hours in the field Monday and another 10 Tuesday before calling it quits about 10:30 a.m. yesterday.

“We’re always hopeful that we’ll get a lead that will lead us to a position in which we can conclude this investigation,” said Foley, “both for the process of justice but also for the family.”

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