Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez may have been directly tied to the murder of a Dorchester, Mass. man, according to a report by Boston television station FOX25. The body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found on Tuesday at a warehouse not far from Hernandez’s home after he was allegedly murdered the previous Saturday.
Citing a law enforcement official, the station reported that Hernandez, Lloyd and two other men were at a bar in Boston the night of the homicide, and at some point, the four left together in a car driven by Hernandez. Police said a text message from Lloyd to another friend indicated that he was with Hernandez. Three of the men returned to Hernandez’s home, but not Lloyd.
Police returned to Hernandez’s North Attleboro home on Wednesday and searched the surrounding area as part of the investigation.
Hernandez has declined to speak to reporters staked out near his home, and he has reportedly been uncooperative with police.
Per the FOX25 report, at least seven state troopers searched both sides of a road just off the street where Hernandez lives. The troopers also searched the industrial park where the body was found. Police said they are searching for a silver mirror cover which is believed to have been broken off a vehicle and may be visible along a route of travel between Dorchester and North Attleboro.
Police have also issued a "BOLO" or "be on the lookout" for a silver Chrysler 300 rental car with Rhode Island registration which may have a connection to the homicide.
The Patriots have not commented on the investigation, other than to say they are aware of it. The NFL has not commented.
This isn't the only legal entanglement for Hernandez. He is being sued by a Connecticut man who claims Hernandez shot him in the face after a dispute in a strip club in south Florida. The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ.com.