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Rolland McMaster, 93; was associate of Jimmy Hoffa

DETROIT - Rolland McMaster, a former Jimmy Hoffa associate and onetime owner of a Michigan horse farm that investigators searched last year for the former Teamsters boss' body, has died. He was 93.

Mr. McMaster died Oct. 25 at his home in Fenton, about 40 miles north of Detroit, the funeral home handling his arrangements said yesterday.

Mr. McMaster was a Teamsters organizer and secretary-treasurer at Local 299 in Detroit. He spent time in prison for union-related activities and retired from the Teamsters in the 1980s, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Mr. McMaster was in Indiana at the time of Hoffa's 1975 disappearance, his lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, has said.

Investigators conducted a costly two-week excavation at Hidden Dreams Farm in Milford Township in May 2006 after receiving a tip that Hoffa's remains might be buried on the property. The dig at the 89-acre site about 30 miles northwest of Detroit found a water line, a beer can, and other trash.

Morganroth has said the farm was also searched in the 1970s.

The mob is suspected of killing Hoffa to stop him from reclaiming the union's presidency following his release from prison after a corruption conviction.

He was last seen on July 30, 1975, the day he was scheduled to have dinner with a New Jersey Teamsters boss and Detroit Mafia captain at a restaurant about 20 miles from Hidden Dreams Farm.

Hoffa's body has never been found.

Some theories place his remains at Giants Stadium in New Jersey or in a Florida swamp.

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