Authorities are searching the waters at Pine Lake Park in Bristol, Conn. for further evidence that connects former New England Patriots tight end and Bristol native Aaron Hernandez to the June 17 murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, the Associated Press reports.
The prosecution is missing a key piece of evidence, the .45-caliber Glock that investigators believe was used to kill Lloyd in early morning hours of June 17 at an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.
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Today's search of the pond in Hernandez's home town of Bristol, Conn. may be an effort to locate the alleged murder weapon.
According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez's uncle has a home near Pine Lake Park. In June, investigators found an SUV in the garage of the uncle's home that may have been used in a double homicide in Boston on July 16, 2012. Hernandez has not been charged in those killings.
The two other individuals who have been arrested in connection to Lloyd's murder — Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace — also have connections to Bristol, Conn.
The office of Bristol (Mass.) District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter declined to comment on Monday's search in Bristol, Conn.
"There is an active and ongoing investigation," spokesman Gregg Miliote told the Boston Globe. "Our office is not going to comment on an active and ongoing investigation."
Hernandez plead not guilty to the murder charge against him and his defense team has called the prosecution's case against him circumstantial.
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