NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH—As media stake out the home of Aaron Hernandez for a sixth consecutive day, there has been no word about progress in the case of the New England Patriot’s star, who is being investigated in connection to the slaying of an acquaintance.
More than 35 journalists, camera crews, and satellite trucks have remained camped outside all day today, but law enforcement officials continue to decline to comment on the investigation and no arrests or other developments have been announced.
Hernandez has been questioned and his home has been searched as part of the investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester, whose bullet-ridden body was found in an industrial park close to the Patriots’ tight end’s home Monday evening.
The Globe has reported that police have obtained video footage showing Hernandez with Lloyd in the hours before the murder.
Police conducted an intense, nearly four-hour search of Hernandez’s home on Saturday, before departing with about half a dozen brown paper bags of possible evidence.
Hernandez has not left his home since he returned from a visit to his attorney’s office on Friday afternoon. Neither he nor his attorney have spoken publicly about the investigation.
Several women, came and went at the home today but Hernandez was not spotted.
At about 11:45 a.m. today, two women left Hernandez’ house, got into a silver Nissan SUV and drove away. They returned a little before 3 p.m.
About 45 minutes after that, a third woman arrived at the home in a Ford Fusion with Rhode Island license plates. Then, around 5:20 p.m., all three women left—taking a dog with them.
Cars of curious onlookers drove slowly down Ronald C. Meyer Drive to snap photos of Hernandez’s home and of the gaggle of media waiting across the street, a scene that has been re-enacted for nearly a week.
Aside from one North Attleborough police cruiser that drove by, there was no visible police presence around the home.
While some neighbors have expressed annoyance with the throngs of media and crowds that have gathered in recent days, one young neighbor extended an olive branch this morning.
John Mangili, 10, who lives diagonally across from Hernandez, made a run to Dunkin’ Donuts with his mother and cousin and brought back doughnuts and coffee to hand out to members of the media.
“A lot of the reporters have been here every day and I thought they might be hungry or want coffee,” said Mangili, a fourth-grader. “I was bored and asked my mom if we could go to Dunkin’ Donuts, so I could get something for the reporters and she said yes.”
For his efforts, several members if the media tipped Mangili and his cousin, 11-year-old Christin Rabbitt, of Lincoln, R.I.