Police standing watch over suburban driveway that may hold remains of missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa

Published On: Sep 27 2012 02:57:09 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 27 2012 05:19:04 PM EDT
ROSEVILLE, Mich. -

Police are standing watch over a suburban Detroit driveway where authorities have been told the body of former missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa may have been buried.

The curious are walking or driving Thursday by the Roseville home where state officials plan to take soil samples Friday in the search for human decomposition.

Police recently received a tip from a man who said he saw a body buried there approximately 35 years ago. The man is battling cancer and the Local 4 Defenders have learned that before contacting police, he first called Dan Moldea in Washington D.C.

Moldea is the author of "The Hoffa Wars."

"I don't doubt that this guy is sincere. I don't doubt that he believes that he saw something that day. The question for me was whether what he saw was what he thinks he saw," Moldea said. "Right now, his state of mind is that he's scared. There are people who are alive who could be implicated in all of this."

The tipster said he saw a group of men he thought were mobsters carrying a body into the back of the home just days after Hoffa vanished.

Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975, outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. His body has not been found.

The tipster said he wasn't in the mafia himself, but ran with bookies -- one of whom allegedly lived in the Roseville home in 1975. That owner died and deeded the home in 1977 to Floyd Varney. Varney told Local 4 he didn't know who the previous owner was.

Cindi Frank snapped cell phone photos Thursday of the backyard cordoned off with yellow police tape.

The 57-year-old Roseville resident says her father was a Teamsters driver and Hoffa's disappearance and numerous searches always have interested her family.

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