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Forensic investigators probing the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa check the floor Friday in a Detroit house where traces of blood were found.
updated 5/28/2004 6:15:56 PM ET 2004-05-28T22:15:56

Investigators looking into the 1975 disappearance of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa ripped up floor boards Friday in a Detroit house where traces of blood were uncovered by the Fox News Channel.

According to an upcoming book by Charles Brandt, former Pennsylvania Teamster official Frank Sheeran said he shot Hoffa inside the home in 1975. Sheeran died last year in a nursing home.

Fox sent a forensic team to the house in March, and on Friday, Oakland County Deputy Prosecutor Jim Halushka confirmed that investigators were examining evidence from the home.

The FBI said in March that it was investigating a second purported deathbed confession by Sheeran in which he said he flew to Pontiac in a small plane on the day Hoffa disappeared, picked up Hoffa’s body from the killers and drove it to a Hamtramck trash incinerator, where it was burned.

Sheeran’s daughter said she believed the handwritten confession was a forgery created by her father’s biographer, John Zeitts, to upstage Brandt’s book.

Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in suburban Detroit while on his way to a meeting with Anthony Provenzano, a New Jersey Teamsters boss, and Anthony Giacalone, a Detroit mobster.

Investigators believe Provenzano and Giacalone had Hoffa killed to prevent him from regaining the union presidency.

Theories about where he is buried are varied and include reports he is entombed under Giants Stadium in New Jersey. In July, authorities dug up a backyard swimming pool in Michigan in an unsuccessful search for clues.

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