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Feds searching for Jimmy Hoffa find concrete slabs, sources say

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Day one of the latest search for Jimmy Hoffa officially ended with no sign of the missing Teamsters boss. Now, day two is underway.

Using heavy equipment, sources said investigators found a couple of concrete slabs. Digging up a half acre area near Buell and Adams Road in Oakland Township has not yet located any remains, but it is an indication they are on the right track when it comes to information provided by their tipster, Detroit mafia underboss Tony Zerilli.

"There was a barn that used to be on the property, and we believe it's in the barn underneath the ground," said David Chasnick, Zerilli's attorney.

Zerilli is now 85 and recently published a manuscript detailing what he says happened to Hoffa. He described an old house with an old barn. Zerilli claims Hoffa was kidnapped, bound and gagged and dragged to a shallow hole already dug in the barn floor. He put up a fight, but was hit over the head with a shovel and buried alive. A cement slab was placed on top of his grave.

The connection? The land once belonged to Detroit mob boss Jack Tocco.

"Given the fact that he was the son of the boss of the family at the time this event happened and carried the title of underboss during most of this period of time, he'd be somebody who would have been in a position to know," said John Corbett, the former chief of the FBI Organized Crime Strike Force.

Zerilli has claimed his motivation is to bring peace to the Hoffa family, who has been let down several times before. The latest searches happened last September underneath a Roseville driveway and in 2006 at a horse farm in Milford Township.

"This particular case, you've got a hell of a source here with Tony Zerilli. The question is, is he doing this for legitimate purposes or is he doing this to get even with Jack Tocco?" said Dan Moldea.

The author of "Mafia Wars" has followed this case from the beginning and believes this is a credible tip, but he cannot help but question the obvious.

"Jack Tocco is smart enough. Would he want to keep a trophy in his backyard? You get rid of it. You don't keep it around because the discovery of that body's going to send you to prison for the rest of your life," he said.

So the first day of the dig is over, but the sheriff's department will be guarding the site throughout the night. We are told the feds will return at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday continuing where they left off.

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