05/19/2006 12:00AM

FBI searches Michigan farm for Hoffa body

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Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation began an extensive search of one of the largest horse farms in Michigan on Wednesday in the hope of finding evidence that the former Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa may have been buried there.

FBI officials have said that the search of Hidden Dreams Farm, a full-service equine operation in Milford, may take three weeks. The farm was owned by a Teamsters official, Rolland McMaster, at the time of Hoffa's disappearance in 1975. It is now under different ownership.

According to the Associated Press, FBI officials brought heavy digging equipment and forensic anthropologists to the site. The FBI has said that the search may involve the removal of a barn.