Man Claims Hoffa is Buried in Michigan

Detroit — A man the FBI believed was a Detroit mob underboss is the latest to claim he can solve the mystery behind the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Tony Zerilli, 85, told WDIV that Hoffa, 62, was temporarily buried in a field in northern Oakland County, Mich., after he was kidnapped on the afternoon of July 30, 1975, from the parking lot of what was then the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township. Hoffa’s body has never been found. Zerilli, who denied during the interview that he was in the mob, said he was in jail at the time, but heard about the incident after he was released. He said he believes Hoffa’s body is still buried 30 miles away from the restaurant, and that he has talked to the FBI about it.

“The master plan was, as I understood, they were going to put him in a shallow grave here, and they were going to take him from here to Rogers City, upstate, where there was a hunting lodge,” Zerilli said during the interview. “That just fell through.”

Simon Shaykhet, spokesman for the FBI’s Detroit office, said the agency has no comment on the claims. Andy Arena, who retired as director of the FBI’s Detroit office in May, said he would investigate Zerilli’s claims were he still with the agency. The FBI has theorized that Hoffa disappeared after going to the restaurant for a reconciliation meeting with Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, a mob-connected New Jersey Teamster official, and Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone, a Detroit mafia captain.