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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 57-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, August 6, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Hoffa famil puzzled over

adopted son's

DETROIT M - The family of missing ex-Teamster
boss Jimmy Hoffa is puzzled over the whereabouts of
Charles O'Brien, the adopted son of Hoffa and a union
organizer, family members said yesterday.
"We're trying to find him," said Hoffa's son, Detroit
attorney James Hoffa. The family has not filed a missing
person report with authorities.
FRIENDS SAID it is not unusual for O'Brien, an international
organizer for the Teamsters, to disappear for a few days. But
they said it was surprising that he is missing at this time because
he was very close to Hoffa and could be expected to stay with the
O'Brien was last heard from on Thursday, the day after the
elder Hoffa disappeared.
O'Brien "told conflicting stories" when he telephoned the
family after learning Hoffa failed to return from a luncheon meet-
ing, the younger Hoffa said. He did not explain what he meant by
"conflicting stories."
A man identifying himself as O'Brien called WXYZ-TV in
Detroit last night, and told a reporter he was away on union
business and planned to return in a few days. He declined to
answer any questions.
An investigative source said the FBI has obtained a handful
a of notes listing Hoffa's appointments of several weeks before he
vanished. The source said the notes provided agents with possible
- A DETROIT Free Press reporter said several persons talked
to O'Brien Saturday, and it was also reported that O'Brien was
seen Monday, but this could not be confirmed.
James Hoffa told a news conference the family and friends
put up a $200,000 reward for information revealing the where-
abouts "and-or leading to the safe return," of the missing ex-
Teamsters president.
Federal agents reportedly planned to question former union
official Daniel Sullivan in Philadelphia. Sullivan has said Hoffa
told him of threats made more than a year ago by Anthony "Tony
Pro" Provenzano.
PROVEZANO was in Forida and refused comment.
Jay Bailey, the FBI's chief investigator, said the bureau is
working under the assumption that Hoffa is alive.
"There is no evidence that anything has happened to Mr.
Hoffa. He is missing," said Bailey. "We have no information that
he is alive, but we have none that he is dead, either. We have
no information."
HE DID SAY the FBI is working on "some leads," and a
AP Photo source said one lead took the bureau to Sullivan.
ster, sets out The family says it believes Hoffa was kidnaped, but young
of Loch Ness. Hoffa said he thinks his father is alive somewhere. Most union
t of luring out sources have speculated that Hoffa probably is dead.
See HOFFA, Page 6
iotiate at airport
fly 5,000 miles, but 'it has not been an- ing Monday morning, taking hostages
nounced where the terrorists want to go estimated to number between 15 and 50,
if any country will accept them. including Stebbins and Swedish Charge
The exact number of terrorists who dAffaires Fredik Bergenstrable, whose
attacked the Embassy had not been re- office is nearby.
vealed before, but Ghazali said there The terrorists shot and wounded a
were five. watchman and a policeman who went to
Among the hostages still held on the investigate, and they later shot and
ninth floor of the downtown office build- wounded a policeman outside.
ing are U.S. Consul Robert Stebbins, the THE TERRORISTS threatened to blow
-Swedish charge -d'affaires, and Gerald up themselves and their hostages unless
Lancaster from Houston Tex., authori- authorities -met their demands-the re-
ties said. lease of seven radicals in prison in
FOUR-WOMEN and five children were Japan and provision of a plane.
released by. the terrorists. They were -A hitch developed when two of the
taken to hospitals for examination and; seven refused to leave Japan-one be-
newsmen were not allowed to talk. to 'cause of ill health which bad resulted in
--them. .his being freed on bond .and the other
The terrorists burst into-the U-S. Em- because he- was a member of a rival
baesys on'the 'ninth-floor oftthe 12-story radical group-outside the Jpanese Red
-American International Assurance build- Army, officials said.

A FEMALE EFFIGY made of papier mache and resembling the Loch Ness Mon
from Hemel Hempstead, England for Scotland to sound a mating call on the shore
The project was conceived by the local fire department, and is less in the interest
the feared monster than in raising money for their benevolent fund.
Terrorists to neg

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia t1P)-Five board a bus with several hostages for
Japanese Red Army terrorists who the 14-mile trip to the airport and they
seized about 50 hostages two days ago would be permitted to k e e p their
in the U.S. Embassy agreed yesterday weapons.
to go to the international airport with
some of the 41 remaining captives, Home OTHER SOURCES said the terrorists
Minister Ghazali Shafi announced. would take at least 14 persons with
Waiting at the field was a Japan Air them, including Malaysian and Japanese
Lines DC8 and crew of 11 that flew Foreign Ministry officials.
five -radical prisoners here from Tokyo- Two large buses escorted by dozens of
in response to the terrorists' demands. motorcycle police arrived at the 12-story
building where the hostages are being
AFTER THE jetliner' arrived the ter- held.
roiists freed nine of the hostages but -The five -radical prisoners were re-.
still threatened to kill the others. . moved -from the jetliner and taken into.
-Ghazali said -the agreement -reached the terminal building guarded by. detec-
so fa in 48 hours of off-on-negotiations, -tifes The radicals were handcuffed and_
called. only for the . terrorists to :go to carried small bags. They appeared in
the airport where further talks would good spirits.-
be held to work out details. EARLIER, the 4plane took on- 2,000
He said the Red Army gunmen would- gallons :of -fuel that would be enough- to

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