Police spent more than two hours Tuesday night searching the home of New England Patriot's tight end, Aaron Hernandez, in connection with a possible homicide.
The body of a 27-year-old Boston man was discovered in a North Attleboro clearing on Monday less than a mile from Hernandez's home. A 2013 Chevrolet Suburban rental car registered to Enterprise car rental under the player's name has also been linked to the investigation. Hernandez, however, has not been named as a suspect.
At least 10 police cars surrounded the home during the search on Tuesday night, according to Sports Illustrated. Two men who were at Hernandez's home before the search began attempted to leave the premises but were escorted away individually by police instead. Hernandez remained in the home during the search. A spokeswoman for the Patriots declined comment.
"I am aware of the reports," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said in a statement issued by the team, "but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation."
Police left Hernandez's home at around 10 p.m. according The Sun Chronicle, a local Attleboro paper. One cop was seen carrying a cardboard box out of the house. A second bulletin released by police has revealed the search for a second rental car. This one, a silver 2013 Chrysler 300 with Rhode Island plates 451-375 , is also believed to have some link to the homicide investigation.
Hernandez is represented by the Athletes First agency, which said it has no comment "on the Aaron Hernandez situation."
Hernandez signed a five-year, estimated $40 million contract with the Patriots last summer. He missed 10 games last season due to an ankle and shoulder injury, but is expected to be back in good health by training camp.