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  • Sept. 30, 1957: Jimmy Hoffa waves to delegates at the opening of the Teamsters Union convention at Miami Beach, Fla. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades and continue with the most recent report that the former Teamsters chief's remains are buried beneath a concrete driveway just north of Detroit.

      Sept. 30, 1957: Jimmy Hoffa waves to delegates at the opening of the Teamsters Union convention at Miami Beach, Fla. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades and continue with the most recent report that the former Teamsters chief's remains are buried beneath a concrete driveway just north of Detroit.
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  • This undated photo shows Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa, left, stands with Anthony Provenzano, right, and fellow union members during Hoffa's visit to New Jersey. A self-described mafia murderer who served prison time with Hoffa told a U.S. Senate committee that the teamsters boss was killed at Provenzano's orders.

      This undated photo shows Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa, left, stands with Anthony Provenzano, right, and fellow union members during Hoffa's visit to New Jersey. A self-described mafia murderer who served prison time with Hoffa told a U.S. Senate committee that the teamsters boss was killed at Provenzano's orders.
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  • Sept. 8, 1975: Reputed mafia chieftain Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone, right, and his attorney, S. Alan Early, leave federal court in Detroit after refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury investigating the disappearance of ex-teamster president James Hoffa. Giacalone, one of six suspects, met with Hoffa at a Bloomfield Township restaurant on the night he disappeared.

      Sept. 8, 1975: Reputed mafia chieftain Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone, right, and his attorney, S. Alan Early, leave federal court in Detroit after refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury investigating the disappearance of ex-teamster president James Hoffa. Giacalone, one of six suspects, met with Hoffa at a Bloomfield Township restaurant on the night he disappeared.
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  • Dec. 5, 1975: A man walks over a rubble field in Jersey City, N.J., one of the locations where authorities searched for the body of missing former Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

      Dec. 5, 1975: A man walks over a rubble field in Jersey City, N.J., one of the locations where authorities searched for the body of missing former Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.
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  • July 16, 2003: Authorities search under a backyard pool in Hampton Township, Mich., for evidence linked to the disappearance of ex-teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

      July 16, 2003: Authorities search under a backyard pool in Hampton Township, Mich., for evidence linked to the disappearance of ex-teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.
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  • May 24, 2006: Workers, including Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence response team members, probe the ground near a demolished barn at a horse farm in Milford Township, Mich., where FBI agents investigating Jimmy Hoffa's 1975 disappearance were working for an eighth day. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades.

      May 24, 2006: Workers, including Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence response team members, probe the ground near a demolished barn at a horse farm in Milford Township, Mich., where FBI agents investigating Jimmy Hoffa's 1975 disappearance were working for an eighth day. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades.
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  • Feb. 4, 2010: Workers watch as a machine begins the demolition of Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Self-described hit man Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos claims ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried under Giants Stadium, but the FBI found no evidence to support the claim.

      Feb. 4, 2010: Workers watch as a machine begins the demolition of Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J. Self-described hit man Donald "Tony the Greek" Frankos claims ex-Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa was buried under Giants Stadium, but the FBI found no evidence to support the claim.
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  • Sept. 26, 2012: A tipster said a driveway in Roseville, Mich. could be the final resting place of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. Authorities plan to take soil samples from under the driveway. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades.

      Sept. 26, 2012: A tipster said a driveway in Roseville, Mich. could be the final resting place of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. Authorities plan to take soil samples from under the driveway. Hoffa's mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades.
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Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance more than 30 years ago has been the stuff of urban legend, prompting numerous theories about what happened to the former Teamsters leader.

Now authorities are investigating a tip from a man who claims he saw a body buried behind home in the Detroit suburb of Roseville, Mich., about 35 years ago. The feisty Hoffa was last seen more than 30 miles away on July 30, 1975, outside a restaurant where he was supposed to meet with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and a Detroit Mafia captain.

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Hoffa is presumed dead. His body has never been found -- but not for a lack of trying.

Previous tips about Hoffa's remains have led police and the FBI to excavate land at a mid-Michigan horse farm, pull up floorboards of a Detroit house and search beneath a backyard pool.

Other theories have suggested the former union boss was entombed in concrete at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, ground up and thrown in a Florida swamp or obliterated in a mob-owned fat-rendering plant.

Officials plan to take soil samples from a driveway at the Roseville home on Friday to test them for human decomposition. Results aren't expected before next week.

Take a look through photos of Hoffa and the search for his remains over the last three decades.

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