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Will this mystery ever be solved?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

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After all this time, could it be?

Could one of Brazil's most famous residents have been found?

I highly doubt it.

But, the story is very compelling.

Recent events have prompted investigators to look at a slab of concrete sitting next to a Michigan home with the hope of finding the remains of Former Teamsters leader and Brazil resident Jimmy Hoffa.

Investigators received a tip from a man saying he witnessed people burying a body in that location, Roseville, Mich., close to the same time Hoffa disappeared.

Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and was declared legally dead in 1982.

He was last seen in July 1975 outside of a restaurant in the suburban area of Detroit.

Hoffa was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Brazil.

His father died in 1920 and the family moved to Detroit in 1924, where Hoffa was raised and lived the rest of his life.

In 1936, Hoffa married Josephine Poszywak. The couple had two children, including Daughter Barbara Ann -- who later became an associate circuit judge -- and son James P. Hoffa -- the current Teamsters' leader.

According to the legend, Hoffa disappeared sometime around 2:45 p.m., July 30, 1975, from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant.

It has been said he told others he was to meet two Mafia leaders at the restaurant.

When Hoffa didn't come home, his wife reported him missing.

Authorities found Hoffa's car at the restaurant, but no sign of the union boss.

An investigation ensued and continued for several years. It was later determined that the two Mafia members who were supposed to meet Hoffa at the restaurant denied having scheduled the meeting and neither was near the restaurant that day.

No one has ever come forward with evidence linked to Hoffa's fate.

For 37 years, the legend as to where Hoffa may be buried has grown.

For example, for the longest time, it had been rumored Hoffa was buried in Giants Stadium, which has since proven to be false.

Still, the investigation continues.

And the legend has grown.

Hoffa has been portrayed on the silver screen and in made-for-television films by several actors, including Robert Blake and Jack Nicholson.

It was stated initially that it could take up to a week to find out if the driveway in Michigan is the final resting place of Hoffa.

However, authorities linked to the case remain speculative.

Their speculation turned out correct as it was learned only days later Hoffa's remains were not underneath the concrete slab.

While I didn't grow up in Clay County, and was completely unaware of Hoffa's ties to Brazil until moving here, I highly doubt investigators are going to find sufficient evidence to conclude this investigation.

Hoffa's disappearance will go down in history as that.

A disappearance.