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DNA Could Lead to Hoffa Indictment

Friday, 07 September 2001 12:00 AM

The Detroit News on Friday said FBI scientists had matched DNA from Hoffa's hair removed from a hairbrush to a strand of hair found in a car borrowed by Hoffa's adopted son, Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien.

The News said the finding could open the way for indictments in the 26-year-old disappearance of the 62-year-old Teamsters leader. Court documents filed in June indicate a decision could be made within 24 to 30 months.

Hoffa was last seen pacing in front of the Machus Red Fox restaurant on Telegraph Road just outside Detroit. O'Brien has repeatedly denied Hoffa was ever in the Mercury Marquis Broughan he had borrowed and has repeatedly denied any complicity in the disappearance.

"We have reinterviewed Mr. O'Brien but I can't say anything more about that," Special Agent-in-Charge John E. Bell Jr. told the Detroit News.

Hoffa's disappearance was believed linked to a power struggle within the Teamsters over its alleged ties to organized crime and control of the Teamsters' Central States Pension Fund, which at the time was worth $1.4 billion. Hoffa also had indicated he would try to oust Frank Fitzsimmons from the presidency of the union and take the helm once again.

On the day he disappeared, Hoffa told witnesses he had an afternoon meeting at the Red Fox with reputed mobster Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone and two other men. Hoffa left his Lake Orion home about 1 p.m., stopping en route in Pontiac to see his friend, Louis Linteau, but Linteau was out.

Giacalone had been called on to broker a truce between Hoffa and reputed New Jersey mobster and Teamsters boss Anthony Provenzano as a result of a feud that developed while Hoffa and Provenzano were in federal prison, FBI documents said. Provenzano had been serving a sentence for racketeering and Hoffa for jury tampering. Investigators said the two men had bitter confrontations.

Neither Giacalone nor Provenzano was seen at the Red Fox and Hoffa was furious he had been stood up. He called Linteau to complain and Linteau told him to stop by on his way home. By 6:30 p.m. when Linteau left for a meeting, Hoffa had not appeared. Giacalone later denied to Linteau that any meeting had been scheduled.

O'Brien has said he was running errands the day Hoffa disappeared, delivering a 40-pound fish to Teamsters International Vice President Robert Holmes' home. He said he stayed to help Holmes' wife cut up the fish and then took the car, which he had borrowed from Giacalone's son, Joe, for gas and a thorough cleaning because blood from the fish had leaked onto the back seat.

He then allegedly headed for the Southfield Athletic Club to join the elder Giacalone and later returned the car to the son.

FBI documents, however, indicate no one at the athletic club or the car wash recognized O'Brien's picture.

Investigators have long suspected O'Brien and two Provenzano underlings drove off with Hoffa in the back seat of the car. Giacalone and Provenzano are dead.

Despite the renewed interest, Hoffa's daughter, St. Louis Judge Barbara Ann Crancer, said she was not optimistic.

"I still don't think anyone will ever be prosecuted in my father's disappearance," Crancer told the News.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Corbett also cautioned that with a case this old, it would be difficult to mount a successful prosecution.

Hoffa's body has never turned up. Speculation on his final resting place has included the Florida Everglades, the end zone at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands, a Hamtramck trash compactor and Lodge Expressway, which was under construction at the time.

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