Blood found on the floor of a Detroit home is not that of missing Teamsters union leader, Jimmy Hoffa, police said today.
The test results ruled out what had seemed to be one of the most promising leads in the disappearance of Hoffa who vanished nearly 30 years ago.
Authorities had ripped up floorboards from a house where Frank Sheeran, a former official in Hoffa’s Teamsters union, said he shot the union leader to death.
Police in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Township received a written report from the FBI’s crime lab today concluding the blood found on the floorboards was not Hoffa’s.
Police Chief Jeffrey Werner said investigators and Oakland County prosecutors were sceptical of the lead from the beginning but were obligated to pursue it after Fox News Channel claimed that its own investigation had turned up blood on the floor of the house.
Hoffa, the subject of a 1992 movie starring Jack Nicholson, last was seen on July 30, 1975, at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township. It has been claimed that he was the victim of a Mafia assassination.
Sheeran died in 2003, and his claim was detailed in a book published months later.