Report: Police have not ruled Aaron Hernandez out as a suspect in murder probe

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in an ongoing homicide investigation in North Attleboro, Mass., Karen Anderson of WBZ-TV in Boston reports.

Massachusetts State police returned to Hernandez's home on Wednesday. Investigators knocked on the door, but left when no one answered. Hernandez and an unidentified woman had driven away from the home in a white Audi SUV earlier on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Hernandez, 23, was questioned by police who were investigating the death of a 27-year-old man, whose body was found on Monday night by a jogger in a clearing in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. Sports Illustrated reported that a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates was found by police, who believed the vehicle was connected to the case. That vehicle, a rental car registered to Enterprise, is somehow linked to Hernandez.

According to ABC News, Hernandez was "uncooperative" with the police, which has since been confirmed by Anderson on Wednesday. Anderson also provided a little background on the deceased who has been identified as Odin Lloyd of Dorchester, Mass., who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

Lloyd played linebacker for the Boston Bandits, a local semi-pro football team, and last practiced with the Bandits on Saturday.

"He was in fine spirits (Saturday night), he played well, he was mentoring another player who is aspiring to get into college," Bandits coach Olivier Bustin told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday.

Hernandez was a 2010 fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) out of Florida by the Patriots. Over the last three seasons, Hernandez has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards with 18 touchdowns during the regular season with 35 receptions for 360 yards and two touchdowns in six career playoff games. The Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension that included $16 million in guaranteed money on Aug. 27, 2012.

Thus far, the Patriots have released only a brief statement on the matter.

"I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said on Tuesday night.

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