Justice Department Pays for Horse Barn Demolished in Hoffa Search

Even though Jimmy Hoffa's remains weren't found, the Justice Department paid $160,000 to the owners of a Michigan horse farm to replace a barn the FBI removed last summer, records show.

Records released to The Detroit News under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act show the agency paid another $65,000 to excavators, anthropologists, and other contractors involved in the project.

The FBI was criticized for its two-week dig last May at the Hidden Dreams Farm in Milford Township, northwest of Detroit, by those who said the effort was costly and yielded nothing more than a water line, a beer can and other trash.

The $225,000 price tag for the search does not include salary or travel costs for what the FBI said at the time was 40 to 50 agents involved in the dig.

Investigators long have suspected Hoffa was killed by the mob to prevent him from reclaiming the Teamsters presidency after he got out of prison for corruption.

Over the years, theories have suggested Hoffa was buried at Giants Stadium in New Jersey or was ground up and dumped in a Florida swamp.

In 2003, authorities excavated beneath a backyard pool a few hours north of Detroit. The following year, police ripped up floorboards in a Detroit home to test bloodstains. The blood was not Hoffa's.

Hoffa was last seen on July 30, 1975. He was scheduled to have dinner at a restaurant about 20 miles from the Milford Township farm. He was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain, both of whom are now dead.

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