Divers from the Massachusetts State Police searched a pond and heavily 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, according to Kevin Manahan of USA Today.
The search halted after about an hour.
When the six investigators first arrived, around 10:15 a.m. ET, two climbed into wetsuits and, with other investigators carrying metal detectors, searched a pond hidden behind dense foliage on Homeward Lane.
Afterward, one investigator in a wetsuit and another carrying metal detector searched the opposite side of the street, also dense with trees and brush. They hopped a wooden guardrail and scampered down a steep slope, snapping branches as they went. After about 20 minutes of searching an area about 100 yards long and within 30 feet of the road, they emerged empty-handed.
When asked what they hoped to find, one investigator said, “evidence.” When asked if they had found any, he responded, “no, no evidence.” The investigator requested anonymity because, he said, he wasn’t authorized to speak about the case.
When asked about the pond, he said, “That’s already been cleared.”
However the divers didn’t come away completely empty-handed. They fished one item from the pond that they left on the sidewalk: a partially deflated football.
Yasmina Serdarcvic, a spokeswoman for the Bristol County District Attorney, said the office would have no comment on Monday’s search.