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June 19, 2013

Promising start fizzles in Day 2 of search for Hoffa's body

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The 62-year-old Hoffa 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.

The property came under scrutiny in January after Tony Zerilli, 85, the son of reputed former Detroit mob boss Joseph Zerilli, told investigators that Hoffa was buried there. Zerilli claims Hoffa was struck with a shovel and then buried alive on the property, with a slab of concrete placed over the body.

“It’s probably one of the most relevant and credible in terms of being in the know with information that’s come forth,” Bouchard said. “Whether or not it bears fruit remains to be seen.”

Zerilli’s lawyer, attorney David Chasnick, denied that Zerilli’s claims are all a ploy to make money.

Zerilli is selling a manuscript of what he says is the true story of why and how Hoffa disappeared at Hoffafound.com for $4.99 per download or $7.99 per mailed copy. Zerilli is also selling pictures of himself.

for $9.99 — or $22.99 with an autograph and another $12 for a personal message.

“The only interest I think that Mr. Zerilli really cares about is that the body be found and these people be put at ease that the body and remains have finally been found,” Chasnick said, contending that the autographed pictures have been available for quite a while. “The FBI wouldn’t be doing all this stuff if they thought it was just a ploy.”

Zerilli apparently was at the dig site on Monday, according to Chasnick, who claims Zerilli was scared off by a crowd of local and national media.

Zerilli spoke to a New York television station on Monday and Chasnick was organizing an interview with CNN Tuesday. Contending that the former mob associate was nervous in front of cameras, he said Zerilli may talk to other news outlets as the search continues.

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