Massachusetts State Police have released a detailed report about Aaron Hernandez’s jail cell suicide on April 19.
Perhaps most notably, the report, obtained by MassLive.com, says that authorities have reviewed the surveillance footage of Hernandez’s cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center and found that Hernandez was alone in his cell all night.
“… no one entered the cell until Correction Officer [Gerard] Breau entered to render aid.”
The police report confirms earlier news reports that Hernandez was locked in his cell at about 8 p.m. on April 18 and was found hanging at about 3 a.m. the next morning.
The report also says that investigators have listened to recordings of Hernandez’s final five phone calls. It is not known who he spoke to in these phone calls, but the police report says he made no indication he was intending to take his own life. Hernandez was reportedly on the phone just before he was locked into his cell for the night.
There were three suicide notes found in Hernandez’s cell. The names of the recipients and any information about the content of the notes has been redacted from the police report.
The police report also confirms earlier reports that no traces of illegal drugs were found in Hernandez’s system.
The report’s author, Massachusetts State Police Officer James J. Foley, writes in the report a request that Hernandez’s case be closed, “unless new information is uncovered that would warrant the case being re-opened.”
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