Detroit Authorities Check Possible Hoffa Evidence

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A deathbed confession by a Pennsylvania Teamsters official and scientific tests that may have detected blood in a Detroit house could help solve the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, says the Detroit Free Press, quickly adding “Or, maybe not.” A book due out Tuesday says Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran helped lure Hoffa to the house in July 1975 and shot him twice in the head. The book says Sheeran betrayed his friend because mobsters would have killed him if he hadn’t killed Hoffa. Fox News Channel reported that a forensic team it hired in late March found “indications” of blood on the hardwood floor and baseboard of the home.

A Michigan forensic team went to the house Friday, leaving after two hours with three sections of floorboards from the vestibule and hallway. The FBI will test the sections for human blood and for DNA to compare with Hoffa’s. “I think it would be a miracle if we matched anything garnered from that house to Hoffa’s DNA,” said Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca. He said it is even more unlikely that criminal charges would result from the DNA tests or from Sheeran’s biography.

Link: http://www.freep.com/news/metro/hoffa29_20040529.htm

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