FBI search for missing man after 40 years after workers tip-off from death bed

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The forty-year wait to find out what happened to the body of a union boss thought to have been killed by the Italian Mafia could soon be coming to a shocking close.

It comes after FBI investigators began searching a former landfill site for the missing man.

Jimmy Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) from 1957 until 1971, mysteriously disappeared on July 30, 1975, after a meeting with union rival Anthony Provenzano and mafia kingpin Anthony Giacalone at a restaurant in a Detroit suburb.

Mr Hoffa became mixed up in organised crime rings during his time in charge of the union, and was believed to have upset members of the all-powerful Mafia in his attempts to regain control of the Teamsters shortly before he vanished.

He was declared dead on July 30, 1982, after one of the largest manhunts in American history failed to turn up a body or even a witness to the crime.

But the FBI now believe they may have a crucial lead after a tip-off from a city refuse worker given on his deathbed last year lead them to an old landfill beneath the General Pulaski Skyway.

Unbelievably, the motorway bridge located to the west of Manhattan once featured in an advertisement for award-winning mob drama The Sopranos.

Although the Bureau has not explicitly stated why their detectives have been at the site, NBC News says it has confirmation that Mr Hoffa is the subject of the search.

A spokesperson from FBI's Detroit field office told the network: “Last month, the FBI obtained a search warrant to conduct a site survey underneath the Pulaski Skyway,"

"That data is currently being analyzed. Because the affidavit in support of the search warrant was sealed by the court, we are unable to provide any additional information.”

The enduring mystery of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance has seen his story featured in multiple films. Al Pacino famously played him 2019's 'The Irishman', while back in 1992 he was portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the biographical movie "Hoffa."

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