Police search woods around Aaron Hernandez's home

9:50 AM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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Kevin Manahan, USA TODAY Sports

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Six law-enforcement members from the Massachusetts State Police searched wooded areas on either side of the street leading into the upscale development where New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez lives, but they found "no evidence," one said Monday morning.

The search halted after about an hour.

Two investigators hopped a wooden guard rail and hiked down a deep slope, snapping branches as they went. Both carried a metal detector. They concentrated on the wooded areas within 30 feet of the road.

One of the investigators was wearing a wetsuit and, after arriving around 10:15 a.m. ET, he and a partner immediately searched the other side of Homeward Lane, where, one resident said, there is a small pond hidden behind dense foliage. That pond "has already been cleared," the officer said, requesting anonymity, because he is not authorized to make statements about the investigation.

As photographers and video crews quickly set up nearby, police set up a canopy next to a pickup truck that contained snorkel equipment and three oxygen tanks in the bed. Two state police officers stood guard under the canopy.

Hernandez has come under suspicion since the body of a friend, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player, was found in an industrial park about a half-mile from Hernandez's home on June 17. Police have said only that the death is being treated as a homicide.

Hernandez's home has been searched at least twice, including Saturday, when a swarm of investigators and two police dogs spent nearly four hours in and around his home.

No one has been charged in connection with the alleged homicide, police said.


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