Hunt for Jimmy Hoffa: Fox News reporting could spark new dig in New Jersey

Law enforcement authorities are actively pursuing a Fox Nation investigation into the claim about where Jimmy Hoffa is buried to determine if the legendary labor leader, or another missing mob victim, is buried under a plot of land in New Jersey. The development comes after Fox Nation’s investigative series “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa” used ground-penetrating radar to detect multiple large pieces of curved buried metal, similar to buried drums, where Hoffa’s remains were said to be buried in a 55-gallon metal drum shortly after he disappeared in Detroit in 1975.


This is going to lead up to finding him,” Frank Cappola told Fox Nation. Authorities are acting on Cappola’s claim that his father, Paul, buried Hoffa in a secluded plot beneath the elevated Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, New Jersey, after the body was delivered from Detroit. Cappola’s father was the co-owner of a former mob-connected toxic waste dum, Moscato’s landfill, which the FBI was told in the fall of 1975 was where Hoffa likely ended up. Cappolatold revelations would prompt law enforcement to dig into the siitn itHoffa. Cappola said to us that after Hoffa’s body was brought in, his father stuffed the body into a drum before burying it.

“He couldn’t fit in the drum,” he said of Hoffa. “They couldn’t fit him in the drum feet first. He couldn’t get the legs to bend right, so he had to take him out and put him in headfirst.” Frank Cappola shows Dan Moldea, where he says his father buried Jimmy Hoffa. (Copyright Dan E. Moldea, 2018. All rights reserved.) he describes how Hoffa was buried in the latest episode of “Riddle: The Search for James R. Hoffa” on Fox Nation.

Cappola said his father decided to change where he was first ordered to put the body “after hours” because he did not want Hoffa’s remains to be found on his dump’s property. “He was very upset about it his whole life. He was told to do it. My father was not a wise guy or a tough guy. He was a businessman,” he said. “But he had to be put in that position because they will do it to you if you don’t.” He said his father moved the barrel with a front-end loader, dug a deep hole with an excavator, and then dumped the barrel containing Hoffa’s body at the bottom of the 12-foot-deep pit. He then piled more metal drums on it before covering them all with dirt and debris.

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The small plot of land, an empty lot of hard soil and gravel, is now owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and sits just feet from what was then the Moscato dump property line. Fox Nation hired a ground-penetrating-radar company Ground Penetrating Radar Systems, to conduct a confidential survey of the location using ultra-high-frequency electromagnetic waves that can detect buried metal. We discovered what the radar technician said were large pieces of round metal, shaped like the sides of barrels, planted on top of each other, starting at about 4 feet down, just as Cappola had described them.

“I would bet my life on it that he is still there,” Cappola told us. The radar also picked up a large section of disturbed earth that appeared to be a filled-in pit, as if a large hole had been dug and then had new dirt deposited into it. The dump was a notorious toxic waste site in the 1970s and was eventually declared a federal Superfund site. It was cleaned up and remediated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state agencies in the 1980s. Ten thousand drums filled with toxic waste were removed. But EPA records show that the spot in question was never examined. The location was not part of the zone included in the clean-up plans.

Cappola told noted Hoffa expert and author Dan Moldea about his claim and took him to the site as part of our series. Moldeo partnered with our Fox Nation investigation and has been deinto Hoffa’s disappearance for the past 46 years. In 1978 he wrote the landmark book, “The Hoffa Wars,” and believes that Frank’s claim is credible. “Frank’s store,y and I have heard some great stories, but Frank’s story is the best darn story I have heard about this case since I first started investigating this story in 1975,” Moldea said.


Moldea, who encouraged Cappola to come forward and reveal the location, also said Cappola signed an affidavit backing up his claims that “will blow law enforcement away.” Cappola told us that his father also revealed two other men about burying Hoffa. One was a close friend known as “Lala.” While Frank could not recall “Lala’s” real name, the FBI has identified him as Ralph Pinella, described as “a top lieutenant” in the New Jersey Genovese crime family and mob partner to New Jersey Teamsters Union president Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano, the Mafia powerhouse who the bureau has long suspected had engineered Hoffa’s murder.

President of the Teamsters’ Union James Hoffa attends trucking contract talks at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18, 1967. (AP Photo) In a statement, the FBI told Fox Nation, “As with any missing person investigation, the FBI is committed to locating Mr. Hoffa. People have come forward with tips and information for nearly 46 years since Mr. Hoffa’s disappearance; when we can develop credible leads from those tips, we will continue to do so until the case is solved.”

“They need to find all the motivation inside of them to get down to this site and to check this one specific location, which is located near where they looked a little over 45 years ago, but they didn’t check this site,” Zeldin told Fox News. In 1975 Federal authorities used a search warrant naming a missing New Jersey mobster as the reason for examining the dump property. Still, at the time “an exact location” had “not been pinpointed.” It is illegal for Fox Nation to dig up what we found because it is on state-owned land. Last month New York Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is nong for the Republican nomination for governor, urged authorities to dig at the spot.

Cappola wanted law enforcement to excavate the site he pinpointed to determine if Hoffa’s remains were indeed there. Sadly, if that happens, he will not have lived to see it. He died of lung issues four months after our interview, at 63. “I want this man to go home to his family,” he told us. “He needs to go home to his family.” Watch the four episodes of “Riddle: The Search For James R. Hoffa” on Fox Nation by signing up today.

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