Published June 21, 2013
Authorities continue to investigate the murder of a semi-pro football player near the home of New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez as conflicting reports about a warrant for his arrest emerge.
MyFoxBoston.com reported that a law enforcement source said an arrest warrant had been issued for Hernandez for obstruction of justice in connection with the murder investigation.
However, The Boston Globe reported a law enforcement source said no arrests have been made, and there have been "no arrest warrants issued."
Massachusetts authorities combed an industrial park in North Attleboro, Mass., Thursday in an apparent search for evidence in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd near Hernandez's home.
Hernandez, 23, appears to be directly tied to the homicide, MyFoxBoston.com reports, citing an unnamed law enforcement source. On Tuesday, authorities executed a warrant and searched the star’s $1.3 million home.
Lloyd's body was discovered after a night out with Hernandez and two other men, the source told the station.
The four men left in a car together, driven at one point by Hernandez, but only three men returned to Hernandez’s home at the end of the night, and Lloyd was not one of them, the source told the station.
Sources told MyFoxBoston.com that there is video evidence of Hernandez and two other men wearing hooded sweatshirts walking into Hernandez’s home within minutes of neighbors hearing gunshots between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.
The hard drive of Hernandez’s home surveillance system was heavily damaged when state police arrived at his home, MyFoxBoston.com reported.
Police say they are searching for a silver mirror cover which is believed to have been broken off a vehicle and may be visible along a route of travel between Dorchester and North Attleboro.
No suspects have been named in the homicide and neither Hernandez nor his lawyers have addressed the media.
Police have issued an alert for a silver Chrysler 300 rental car with Rhode Island registration that may have a connection to the homicide. A 2013 Chevrolet Suburban rented in Hernandez’s name emerged as a key piece of evidence in the investigation.
MyFoxBoston.com confirmed Hernandez has hired a lawyer and is being represented by Ropes & Gray.
Hernandez, a University of Florida graduate and native of Bristol, Conn., was drafted by the Patriots in 2010. He had five touchdowns for the Pats during the 2012 season. He reportedly is also the subject of a lawsuit alleging he shot a man at a Miami strip club in February.
Florida police reportedly closed the case without filing charges after investigating the incident.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.