James Riddle Hoffa
Missing since July 30, 1975 from Bloomfield Hills, Oakland County, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Hoffa was last seen around 14:30 in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, on July 30, 1975. He had been due to meet two Mafia leaders, that day.
Hoffa took over the presidency of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1957. As the President of the Teamsters Union, Hoffa wielded considerable influence.
In 1964, Hoffa was convicted of attempted bribery of a grand juror and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. In 1971, however, he was released when President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence to time served, on the condition he not participate in union activities for ten years. Hoffa was planning to sue to invalidate that restriction in order to reassert his power over the Teamsters when he disappeared.
Investigators have long suspected he was killed by the mob to prevent him from reclaiming the presidency of the Teamsters after he got out of prison for corruption.
Jimmy Hoffa was declared legally dead on July 30, 1983, but his case remains open. A special agent at the FBI’s Detroit field office is constantly assigned to it.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
FBI - Detroit