The Federal Bureau of Investigation has removed its digging equipment from an empty lot on Ruby Street in Ozone Park after finding the bodies of two reputed former mob captains there.
An FBI spokesman told reporters that the agency did not expect to find any more human remains at the site, which has been blocked off from the public for the last three weeks. Several bones were found there two weeks ago and are believed to be those of Philip Giaccone and Dominick Trinchera.
The city Medical Examiner’s Office will make the final determination on the identities of the bodies, but investigators found personal effects at the site that indicate they are Giaccone and Trinchera. The pair disappeared at the same time as fellow mob captain Alphonse Indelicato in 1981 and were believed to have been executed at a Brooklyn social club. Indelicato’s remains were found at the site over two decades ago.
Investigators do not believe they found the bodies of John Favara, who disappeared months after accidentally running over John Gotti’s 12-year-old son Frank in 1980, or Thomas DeSimone, who disappeared in the winter of 1978/79 and is believed to have been involved with the Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport.
The FBI arrived at the scene on October 4th and began digging before immediately encountering obstacles. First they had to bring in equipment to dislodge a shelf of concrete that had been poured there, and later the massive hole at the site was flooded in by rain and groundwater.