Police spent several hours Tuesday night inside the Attleborough, Mass., home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 23, grilling the football star about a body found nearby on Monday. It's unclear if Hernandez is suspected of committing a crime.
Hernandez was initially uncooperative, two law enforcement sources told ABC News, and during questioning, a courier for the Ropes and Gray law firm walked past reporters camped outside the residence to deliver a sealed message to "Mr. Hernandez himself."
Many basic facts about the case are currently unclear. The body belonged to a 27-year-old Boston man, police said, but his name and cause of death have not been publicly revealed. A rented Enterprise car with Rhode Island plates found near the body led police to Hernandez, according to reports.
Massachusetts State Police arrived at Hernandez's home before 5 p.m. EDT and left around 10 p.m.
The Sun Chronicle, a local publication, reports that around a dozen state and local police officers entered Hernandez's home, with one officer leaving with what appeared to be a cardboard box.
The young football star reportedly purchased the 5,600-square-foot home in November 2012 for $1.3 million. It is situated in a wealthy neighborhood a few miles from the Rhode Island state line.
"I am aware of the reports, but I do not anticipate that we will be commenting publicly during an ongoing police investigation," Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said in a widely quoted statement.
Hernandez attended the University of Florida before being picked by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He signed a five-year contract with the Patriots worth $40 million – not including a $12.5 million signing bonus – in August 2012, according to the Boston Globe.