A bad summer for New England Patriots’ tight ends could be getting worse.
According to ABC News, investigators were searching the North Attleboro, Mass. home of Aaron Hernandez following the death of a man police referred to as an “associate of No. 81.” Hernandez wears uniform No. 81.
ABC also reported two friends of Hernandez tried to leave his home at the time of the search, but were stopped by state police. While multiple reports said Hernandez was not a suspect, ABC News reported Massachusettes investigators planned to interview Hernandez.
The report also had two law enforcement officials claiming Hernandez had been uncooperative with police.
According to the Boston Herald, the Bristol District Attorney’s Office said a witness reported finding a body in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s home at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Sources told ABC News that a rental vehicle with Rhode Island plates was found near the scene. SI.com reported the vehicle was rented under Hernandez name.
The North Attleboro local paper, The Sun Chronicle, reported that investigators are hoping to fingerprint a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates from Enterprise.
Hernandez is entering his fourth season in the NFL after 175 passes over his first three years with the Patriots.
His teammate and fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone surgery on his back and has had multiple operations on forearm this offseason.