New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (courtesy Patriots.com)
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Massachusetts investigators plan to interview New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection the murder of a man police call an "associate" of player No. 81, ABC News has learned.
Hernandez's jersey number is 81.
Investigators are seeking a warrant to search Hernandez's home in connection with the death, sources told ABC News.
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 said.
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.