Aaron Hernandez’s Rental Car to Be Searched in Murder Probe
(BOSTON) — Investigators plan to execute a search warrant on an Enterprise rental car registered to New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday, ABC News has learned.
The car was near the body of a man who was found murdered Monday evening.
The search of the vehicle was planned after police spent hours at the $1.3 million home of the football player in North Attleborough, Mass., Tuesday night, taking evidence photos and removing boxes.
Another search was conducted of a car parked in Hernandez’s driveway, a 2012 Chrysler 200 LX. The license plate connected that car to Enterprise rental as well, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Hernandez was cooperative with police Tuesday night, but the investigation is far from over, the sources said.
The case began with the discovery on Monday around 5:30 p.m. of the body of a 27-year-old Boston man who was shot in the head, the sources said. The man was described as an “associate” of Hernandez, and the body was in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard, not far from an Enterprise car that had been rented by Hernandez, sources said.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office has refused to comment on the case. Detectives assigned to that office were seen at the Hernandez home Tuesday night.
Stacey James, a New England Patriots official, said on behalf of the team, “I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation.”
Hernandez’s sports agency, Athletes First, declined to comment.
His lawyer did not immediately respond to ABC News on Wednesday.
Hernandez is spending the off-season recovering from a shoulder surgery, though he was spotted at practice recently welcoming new Patriots’ quarterback Tim Tebow.
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