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Jimmy Hoffa was became a labor organizer in the 1930s, rising in the Teamsters Union during the next two decades until he reached the office of president.
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It is believed that one of his foes may have had a hand in his disappearance in 1975. On July 30 of that year, Hoffa left his Detroit area home for a meeting with a local crime figure and a mob-connected union leader from New Jersey at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township. The get together was supposed to be about settling a feud, but Hoffa was the only one who showed up. What happened to the former union boss after that remains a mystery. His car was found in the restaurant's parking lot,
but there was no clues about Hoffa's whereabouts. Hoffa was officially declared dead in 1982.
Since 1975, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa has been the subject of countless theories. Some say he was done in by organized crime or even federal agents. Over the years, authorities have received tips as to the location of Hoffa's remains, but his body has yet to be recovered. One breakthrough came in 2001 with DNA evidence that linked Hoffa to the vehicle that was believed to have to used in the crime. In 2012, the latest tip led authorities to a Detroit home where an investigation failed to turn up any evidence.
Another effort was made to find Hoffa's remains the following year. In June 2013, the FBI launched a search of a field in Oakland Township, Michigan. The site is about 20 miles away from where Hoffa was last seen. Alleged crime figure Tony Zerilli provided the authorities with the information about where Hoffa was buried. He also described how Hoffa died in an e-book he wrote. According to Zerilli, Hoffa was hit on the head with a shove and then buried alive. Investigators have yet to unearth any evidence in this latest search.
Hoffa married Josephine Poszywak in 1936. The couple had two children together. Both daughter Barbara Crancer and son James P. Hoffa have publicly campaigned for further investigation into their father's disappearance. James P. Hoffa has also followed in his father's footsteps, serving as the president of the Teamsters Union since 1998.
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