Calling Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance “an open wound” for metro Detroiters, officials say they’re hopeful a dig in northern Oakland County will turn up the body of the former Teamsters boss.
“It’s my fondest hope that we can give … closure not just to the Hoffa family, but also to the community and stop tearing that scab off with every new lead and bring some conclusion,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said just after 11 a.m. today, the first official word about what’s happening at the dig in Oakland Township that began this morning. “It’s long overdue.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Foley III of the Detroit office, speaking with Bouchard, said the FBI is executing a search warrant in the grassy field near Orion and Adams roads in the search for Hoffa.
“Because this investigation is an open investigation and the search warrant is sealed, I will not be able to provide any additional details regarding our activity here,” Foley said, as a truck carrying a backhoe pulled down Buell Road to the site behind him. “However if information does become available to the extent that we can share it, we certainly will.”
Neither of the men, accompanied by a Bloomfield Township police official who did not speak, talked about what led them to the site or how long the search may take.
“This has been one of those open wounds for a long time,” Bouchard said. “Especially yesterday, I was thinking about what Father’s Day means to the family that doesn’t have closure on this case, and families like them all across the country that have a missing loved one and didn’t know what happened.”
An incident command center is set up on Buell Road in Oakland Township, east off Adams Road just north of Orion Road, about 45 miles north of Detroit. Officers ran yellow police tape along the outer edge of the multi-acre site this morning.