Police outside the home of Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday night. (Stuart Cahill / AP)

The home of one of the New England Patriots’ star tight ends was searched Tuesday in connection with the possible homicide of a man believed to be an associate of his.

The search of Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass., home lasted more than hours, according to SI.com.

Hernandez has not been named as a suspect in the death of the 27-year-old Boston man whose body was found in an industrial park not far from Hernandez’s home. The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass., reported that a rental vehicle has been identified in connection with the possible homicide and Hernandez’s name reportedly is linked to that vehicle.


State police confirmed to the Sun Chronicle that Hernandez was in the house with investigators, but he remained inside. Others in the home did leave with police but did not appear to be in custody. Athletes First, which represents Hernandez, had no comment “on the Aaron Hernandez situation” (via ESPN Boston).

“I am aware of the reports,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said in a statement issued by the team, “but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation.”

Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have been one of the top tight end combos in the NFL since both were drafted in 2010. Hernandez has caught 175 passes for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns. Hernandez, who fell to the fourth round of the draft reportedly because of failed drug tests, signed a five-year, $40-million contract with the Patriots last summer.

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