Barn torn down in Hoffa remains search

May 25, 2006 at 7:18 AM
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DETROIT, May 25 (UPI) -- The FBI has torn down a Detroit-area barn acting on new information from a 75-year-old inmate on the 1975 disappearance of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa.

The 30-by-100 foot barn on a horse farm in Milford Township, Mich., came down Wednesday based on information from Donovan Wells. He is a prisoner at a federal medical facility in Kentucky whose former lawyer said was too scared for his own life to tell the FBI everything he knew in 1976.

Lawyer James Elsman told the Detroit News Wells lived on the farm at the time, and told him he saw what appeared to be a body buried at the farm the day after Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975.

The search, now in its second week, involves cadaver dogs, demolition experts, archaeologists and anthropologists, WDIV-TV, Detroit, said.

Hoffa was last seen on a night he was scheduled to have dinner at a restaurant about 20 miles from the farm. He was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain, both of whom are now dead.

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