Search for Hoffa Inside Cleveland Tavern

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CLEVELAND-- A Cleveland tavern thinks they have a link to the body and disappearance of former Teamsters' leader Jimmy Hoffa.

Cleveland bar owner Doug Graziano is searching for evidence after hearing stories about bags of human bones being found behind a basement wall in 1988.

Graziano said the former bar owner of Wexler's Tavern, Lou Gentile, told him about the discovery he made while remodeling.

"Found six or seven distinct packages wrapped in butcher paper and they were human remains, a hand a spine; so they called police and said 'hey there's human remains,'" said Graziano.

Chef Mike Southall worked at the tavern back in 1988; he witnessed when the remains were found behind the basement wall. "A hand, there was other debris. I don't know if it was just decomposed, everything in parts; but there was skeleton bones that they took out," said Southall.

On March 2, Graziano and a co-worker were checking behind one of the walls in the basement when they said they found a matchbook with possible connections to Hoffa.
"And the matchbook says the Palm Desert Lodge 714 area code. We googled it and it says the house that Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters built; so it made us go 'wow,' there's a coincidence and circumstantial evidence if I ever seen one that has a link to Jimmy Hoffa," Graziano said.

Graziano said he'll continue to search behind the wall for clues or pieces of evidence to possibly link Jimmy Hoffa to the tavern; but so far they've only found what looks like chicken bones, plenty of silverware and a Cleveland Browns lighter.

Graziano said with all the attention his tavern is now getting, he might name a burger or a drink after Hoffa.

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