Events in the disappearance of former Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa

By The Associated Press

Timeline of events of the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, former president of the Teamsters Union:

July 30, 1975

— Hoffa leaves his Lake Orion home around 1 p.m. and stops to visit a friend in Pontiac. He arrives around 2 p.m. at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, to meet with noted Detroit mob henchman Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone and Anthony “Provenzano Provenzano, alleged New Jersey Mafia figure. Hoffa calls his wife, Josephine, around 2:15 p.m. from a payphone and tells her that no one has shown up for his date. Hoffa, 62, is never seen or heard from again.

August 8, 1975

— The FBI obtains a search warrant for Hoffa’s car, which was found in the restaurant parking lot. They find family friend Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien’s fingerprints on a 7-Up bottle under the right front seat.

September 2, 1975

— A grand jury meets in Detroit to investigate Hoffa’s disappearance.

1975-85

— More than 200 FBI agents are assigned to the case in New Jersey, Detroit and at least four other cities. During the period, more than 70 volumes of files are compiled, containing more than 16,000 pages. Six suspects in the disappearance, including Provenzano and Anthony Giacalone, are convicted on unrelated charges.

– 1982: Charles Allen, a self-proclaimed mob murderer, who served time in prison with Hoffa and participated in the federal witness protection program, tells a US Senate committee that Hoffa was killed on Provenzano’s orders. Hoffa’s body was “crushed into small pieces, shipped to Florida and dumped in a swamp,” Allen said.

1982

“Hoffa is declared legally dead.

1989

–Self-proclaimed hitman Donald “Tony the Greek” Frankos claims Hoffa is buried under Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ The FBI finds no evidence to support this claim.

June 2001

— The head of the FBI’s organized crime unit says in a court document that he thinks a decision to prosecute someone could be made within the next two years.

March 2002

– The FBI says it will refer the case to the Oakland County District Attorney’s Office for possible state charges. John Bell, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office, said the federal case has been stalled because of the time that has elapsed since Hoffa’s disappearance.

August 29, 2002

– The Oakland County prosecutor said new DNA evidence of Hoffa’s disappearance is insufficient to press charges.

May 2004

–Bloomfield Township police tear down boards from a Detroit home where Hoffa’s former ally Frank Sheeran claims to have killed him. The FBI crime lab would eventually conclude that the blood found on the floor was not Hoffa’s.

April 2006

–New Jersey mob hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, who died in March, claims he killed Hoffa and put his body in a car that was sold as scrap metal. Kuklinski’s book, “The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer,” claims he was paid $40,000 for the murder.

May 17, 2006

– The FBI begins searching a horse farm in Milford Township, Oakland County, northwest of Detroit, for Hoffa’s remains, but ends the search after finding nothing.

June 17, 2013

— The FBI sees enough merit in the advice of a reputable mob captain to once again break out the digging equipment to search for Hoffa’s remains in a field in Oakland Township, about 25 miles north of Detroit . No remains of Hoffa have been found

November 19, 2021

– The FBI says it has obtained a search warrant to “conduct a site survey under the Pulaski Skyway” in New Jersey in an effort to locate Hoffa’s body.

July 21, 2022

– The FBI says they found no evidence of Hoffa during a search of land under a bridge in New Jersey.

Jennifer C. Burleigh