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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ) – Federal agents will begin digging up a field in Northern Oakland Township today in hopes of finding the remains of Jimmy Hoffa.

The Feds will begin digging on a property in northern Oakland County. This latest dig, the result of extensive interviews with a former mobster. Mafia underboss Tony Zerilli told WDIV-TV in an exclusive interview earlier this year that Jimmy Hoffa was buried in a shallow grave in that field.

Zerilli, who was second in command with the Detroit mafia, says he was told by a mafia enforcer that Jimmy Hoffa was abducted at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township and brought to Buhl Road In Oakland Township and buried. The original plan, according to the mobster, was to bury him there temporarily and then take him up to northern Michigan and bury him at a hunting lodge.

Zerilli, now 85, was convicted of organized crime as a reputed Mafia captain. He was in prison in 1975 when Hoffa disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant but says he was informed about Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.

Earlier this year, local mob expert and author Scott Burnstein told CBS Detroit he believed this to be the biggest break in the Hoffa case since the union boss’ disappearance.

“I think this is the most credible person to ever come forward to talk about this story,” Bernstein said, adding Zerilli is the son of Detroit mafia founder Joe Zerilli and served as the Detroit mob underboss from 1979 to 2002.

Hoffa was president of the Teamsters union until 1971. Zerilli has been promoting a book, “Hoffa Found.”

A website says the book will reveal details about Hoffa’s death.