by Tammy Stables Battaglia, Detroit Free Press
ROSEVILLE, Mich. -- No evidence of a body was found in samples taken Friday from a driveway here in a search for the remains of a Teamster's boss missing for more than 35 years.
The 4-inch core sample pulled out from 6 feet under a concrete slab was just a combination of clay and mud, said James Berlin, police chief in this Detroit suburb. Results from analysis of that core sample and one more are expected back Monday from Michigan State University.
"We'll have to wait for the test results back from Michigan State," Berlin said. "The sample's muddy clay, so there's nothing visible that would indicate evidence of a body."
Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa vanished July 30, 1975, from a restaurant parking lot in Oakland County, Mich., sparking one of the 20th century's biggest mysteries.
Berlin said the owner of the Roseville home around the time of Hoffa's disappearance was a bookmaker with ties to members of Detroit-area organized crime, prime suspects in Hoffa's disappearance. But the tip is one of thousands authorities have followed since Hoffa failed to return home and his car was found at the restaurant.
In 2006, the FBI spent 14 days digging at a horse farm in Milford, Mich., in an unsuccessful effort to find Hoffa's remains.
Earlier this week, a ground-penetrating radar scan from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality revealed an anomaly about 2 feet underground. Investigators wanted to know whether the anomaly was human remains.
On Friday, equipment in a white State of Michigan box truck pulled up at about 9:30 a.m. By 10 a.m., a portable hydraulic drilling machine was inside a shed in the backyard. Staccato pounding periodically rang out.
About 150 media representatives and gawkers filled the sidewalk and blocked-off street next to the nondescript brick bungalow, watching the drilling take place.If test results come back positive for remains, Berlin said his department would have the driveway excavated.
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