Dig at Roseville home for Jimmy Hoffa's remains complete

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Police dug and took soil samples at a home in Roseville Friday to determine if the body of Jimmy Hoffa is buried underneath the driveway.

The search happened at Kelly and Florida streets in Roseville where the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality accompanied by police took soil samples that will be tested for human remains.

"I want some sleep," said one of the home's residents who asked his name not be used. Media outlets have been camped out for days.

Engineers could be seen removing two samples and placing them into a police van before they drove them away. There were no visible signs of human remains according to Roseville's police chief James Berlin.

Police were led to the Roseville home after receiving a tip they call credible. A man told police that Jimmy Hoffa was buried underneath the driveway. Police believed the man's story enough to bring out ground penetrating radar that hit on an anomaly underground.

The current homeowners are cooperating.

"Really I don't care," said one of the people who lives there.

One of the men who owned the home in the 1970s spoke with 7 Action News.

Land developer Franco Ferro said he bought the home on Florida Street in Roseville in 1973 when it was brand new. He bought it from an individual and not a company.

"He was trying to make some money... build a house and make some money but he had a hard time selling it," said Ferro.

Ferro had hoped to turn the home for a quick buck, but the economy turned. He rented it out to his sister for two years and then sold the property in 1975, the same year Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.

When asked if he and his wife knew Hoffa, Ferro said no.

Hoffa went missing from the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township in July of 1975.  It would be October of that year when Ferro sold the home on Florida.

He said that while he owned the property and his sister rented it, no one altered or dug up the driveway in any way.

"No. Absolutely not, it was brand new," said Ferro. He went on to say "Anything is possible I guess. But for anyone to bury a human body there, it would have to be very difficult."

He doesn't know what happened to the driveway after he sold it that year. Records show a couple bought it and re-sold it two years later in 1978.

The samples will be hand delivered to experts at Michigan State University Monday morning to be analyzed to determine what could be causing the anomalies.

"I don't believe it's Mr. Hoffa," said Chief Berlin.

The results should be in later Monday.

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