Attorney for tipster Tony Zerilli says Jimmy Hoffa's body is under cement slab that was part of barn

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Is Jimmy Hoffa's body going to be found underneath a cement slab in a large green Oakland County field? Tipster Anthony Zirilli certainly believes that to be the case.

Tony Zirilli is 85-years-old and was in jail at the time of Hoffa's disappearance in 1975.

Today, his attorney, David Chasnick, was emphatic. "The body is in that field, no doubt about it," he said while pointing to the spot behind him where the FBI and local law enforcement crews were clearing grass and shoveling dirt.

The dig site is in Oakland Township, outside of Detroit.

From above, images showed crews concentrating on two cement slabs in the field.

"There used to be a barn in the field," Chasnick said Monday afternoon. Hoffa, he said, was "buried under the barn, under a cement slab."

Chasnick also made sure to mention that his client recently published a manuscript with his revelations. That is available for purchase at The site says Zirilli's manuscript, "Will be followed by a full book depicting Mr. Zerilli's true life story about what he knows about the Mafia."

The FBI has said that Zerilli was second in command of the local Detroit mob at one time. He was in prison at the time Hoffa disappeared, but experts say his mob ties give him some credibility.

"That would be enough to grant credibility, for the agents to at least start taking an initial look at this to try to vet out his information," Dan Roberts, former Special Agent in charge of the Detroit FBI, said in January. "They'd be looking at things like the property in question, who owned it at the time?"

Investigators at 7 Action News, our Scripps station in Detroit, also looked into who owned the property at the time Hoffa disappeared in 1975. They found that in 1972 suspected mob boss Jack Tocco and his family members bought 45 acres of land in the area. The Toccos then moved their ownership into a family business and developed very large homes that sit on two to five acres each.

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