The meeting never happened and Hoffa was never seen again.
The FBI 35 plus year investigation leads them to believe Jimmy Hoffa was abducted and killed as part of a mafia hit.
Zerilli has come forward telling his story to the FBI and in 37 years no one this close to the plot has cooperated, until now.
He could not have killed Hoffa because, he was in a Las Vegas prison when Hoffa disappeared. Keith Corbett is a former Federal Prosecutor. "Clearly when he returned he would have been a person based upon his position in the hierarchy who would have been able to learn the facts and circumstances of the facts surrounding the disappearance of James Earl Hoffa," said Corbett.
Zerilli is now 85-years-old and is coming forward because, recent books and movies say he was involved.
He insists he was friends with Hoffa. "When I heard Hoffa was missing I didn't like it, Hoffa was a friend of mine," said Zerilli. When he got out of prison he says he was told what happened to Hoffa..
"There was a house and a barn where they gonna put him, " he said. The plan he says was to burry him in a shallow grave and then take him north to Rogers City.
"There was a hunting lodge and they were going to bury in a shallow grave then take him up there for final burial then I understand that that just fell through.
Once he was buried here he was buried and they let it go," Zerilli said.
Zerilli is trying to keep his code of silence, he won’t say who killed Hoffa. "I am not a stool pigeon I found out where he is buried and I will talk to them about anything pertaining to that," he said.