Hoffa Lead Proves False

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Police in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township said Monday that FBI testing has shown that blood found on the floor of a Detroit home is not that of Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters leader who disappeared nearly 30 years ago.

Authorities had ripped up the floorboards in May from a house where Delaware Teamsters official and one-time Hoffa ally Frank Sheeran said he shot Hoffa to death. Sheeran died in 2003 at age 83, and his claim was detailed in a book published months later. Fox News Channel claimed that its own investigation had turned up blood on the floor of the house.

Bloomfield Township Police Chief Jeffrey Werner said in a statement that the department received a written report from the FBI's crime lab on Monday morning that concludes that human blood was found on the floorboards but that the blood was not Hoffa's.

Werner said police and Oakland County prosecutors were skeptical of the lead from the beginning, but were obligated to pursue the information provided by Fox News.

The FBI report shows now that the lead was unfounded, he said.

Hoffa last was seen on July 30, 1975, at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township.