Cleveland: Bones found in tavern wall are not human

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OLD BROOKLYN -- It's the story that has become the talk of the town. Were the remains of Jimmy Hoffa inside a local tavern?

According to experts the mystery of Hoffa's disappearance did not end in the basement of Wexler's Tavern after all.

As crews began tearing down a basement wall in Wexler's on Wednesday, workers found 11 bone fragments buried inside.

Cleveland Police took possession of the bones and delivered them to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office for examination.

At 10:45 a.m. Thursday, the Medical Examiner's Office declared the bones are not human.

Photos: Wexler's Tavern search -

This means the location of Jimmy Hoffa's remains will stay a mystery.

In light of all this news, why was Wexler's Tavern suddenly such a focal point in Hoffa's mysterious disappearance?

It goes back to Wexler's previous owner who discovered bones wrapped in red-butcher paper inside the wall 25 years ago during a renovation. After notifying police, the bar owner says police told him to discard the bones.

Recently, the tavern's new owner found a matchbook from the Palm Desert Lodge in California when cutting out a panel in the wall. The lodge was dubbed "the house Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters built."

That sparked the interest to see if Hoffa's 1975 mysterious disappearance might have a connection to Northeast Ohio.


Read more about the bar and the search:

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