NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The North Attleboro and Massachusetts State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating what they think may be a crucial piece of evidence in the investigation into Odin Lloyd’s murder.
Authorities Tuesday released a photo of the silver 2013 Nissan Altima they believe is connected to last month’s homicide. They are looking for the side mirror that is missing from the vehicle.
According to police, the Nissan Altima in question was a rental car registered under the former Patriot’s name. During Hernandez’s arraignment, the prosecution said the car had been seen on surveillance cameras entering and exiting the area of the crime scene around the time of Lloyd’s death.
Police have been searching for the mirror throughout most of the investigation. In a release, they said it may be located in a wooded or secluded area, somewhere close to the route from Fayston Street Boston down Route 95, to Ronald C. Meyer Drive in North Attleboro.
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the evidence to notify the North Attleboro Police Department at (508) 695-1212.
Police in Bristol, Connecticut are also helping Boston police investigate two separate murder cases that they believe are connected to the former NFL star. On Tuesday afternoon, Bristol Police told Eyewitness News that Boston police asked them to search a house in Hernandez’s hometown in connection with Odin Lloyd’s murder in North Attleboro, and a double murder in Boston in 2012.
On Friday, police seized a gray SUV with Rhode Island plates from the home that they were searching. Back in 2012, witnesses described people inside of a similar gray SUV with Rhode Island plates opening fire on a vehicle in Boston’s south end, ultimately killing two people.
Police did not confirm whether it is the same vehicle that witnesses described.
The high-profile homicide investigation began more than two weeks ago when a jogger discovered a body lying in an open space between dirt and gravel piles in North Attleboro. In the following 48 hours, the body was identified as that of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd and police arrived at the home of now-former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to ask him questions and search through wooded area near his property.
A national and local media storm ensued, and in the next several days, police arrested Hernandez and charged him with first-degree murder; the Patriots cut him from the team’s roster; a judge denied Hernandez’s request for bail and two new suspectswere arrested in relation to Lloyd’s death.