(BOSTON) — Massachusetts investigators plan to interview New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of a man police call an “associate” of player No. 81, ABC News has learned.
Hernandez’s jersey number is 81.
Hernandez has been uncooperative with police since the body of a 27-year-old man was found in an industrial park not far from the Patriot player’s North Attleboro home, two law enforcement sources told ABC News.
A rental vehicle with Rhode Island plates was recovered near the scene, which led investigators to Hernandez, sources told ABC News.
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter confirmed in a press statement that a body was found around 5:30 p.m. Monday in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard. Sutter said that based on the “nature and circumstances” of the body that the investigation would be handed over to Massachusetts state police detectives.
Hernandez is spending the off-season recovering from a shoulder scope.
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Jill Martin, CNN