Authorities began a search in a pond near the home of former New England Patriots’ tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with a weapon that is suspected in the use of the ongoing murder investigation surrounding him.
The search got underway on Monday morning, and continues on Tuesday. Police did not comment as to why they were searching in the pond however ESPN.com reported that WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut found there to be a connection between the missing murder weapon used to kill Odin Lloyd.
The murder weapon is believed to be a .45-caliber Glock handgun that was used to murder Lloyd, a former semi-pro football player and acquaintance of Hernandez. The body of Lloyd was discovered back on June 17, less than one mile away from the home of Hernandez. The tight end was arrested just days later and charged with murder. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, as well as to separate gun-related charges in conjunction with the crime.
In addition to the murder investigation of Lloyd, authorities are also trying to find a connection between Hernandez and a double-homicide that took place in 2012 in the city of Boston. A vehicle that had been rented by Hernandez was found in the home of his uncle. Police had been searching for the car.