Mob boss Tony Zerilli: Hoffa killed, buried 20 miles from where he disappeared

Local 4's Defenders broke story first with exclusive information

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For the first time in years, experts are taking Tony Zerilli seriously when he says he knows where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. This 85-year-old man who needs a walker to get around is the providing biggest break in over three decades in the case of Hoffa's disappearance.

Local 4 Defender Marc Santia sat down with Tony Zerilli who says, he knows where Hoffa is buried. "They came to me and they wanted to know what happened to Hoffa," said Zerilli.

Watch: Mob boss says he knows where Hoffa is buried

When asked if he was involved in Hoffa's death Zerilli said, "Absolutely not, I know all about it I wasn't involved no way shape or form."

Zerilli says Jimmy Hoffa was killed and buried at a property 20 miles from the old Machus Red Fox restaurant, a rural property with a house and a barn owned by Jack Tocco. Tocco was an alleged member of the Detroit mafia.

READ: Property deeds show Jack Tocco owned property at time of Hoffa's death

Zerilli was never taken to the site but now with the help of a private eye property records were run against what he knows.

Zerilli says the location is Buell Road just east of Adams road, north of Orion Road in Oakland Township.

"He was put here I believe," said Zerilli. There is has no proof but, you can bet FBI agents are paying attention.

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The FBI says not only was Zerilli in the mafia he was the Detroit underboss and is one of only two or three people on the planet still alive who are in a position to know what happened to the teamster boss.

But does Zerilli's story check out? Wednesday on Local 4 News at 6 The Defenders fact check Tony Zerilli's exclusive interview.

Hoffa History

Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa was last seen July 30th 1975 at the Machus Red Fox Restaurant which once stood on the corner of Maple Road and Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills.

Hoffa was there to meet two people, a member of the Detroit mafia and a member of the New Jersey mafia.

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.