Woman with ties to Aaron Hernandez found dead in Southington

SOUTHINGTON — Police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old Bristol woman with ties to Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot player accused of murder.

Police received a 911 call from a Darling Street home around 3 a.m. Monday. They found Tabitha Perry unconscious and not breathing. She was sent to the Hospital of Central Connecticut Bradley Memorial campus and pronounced dead. Police said Perry was visiting a friend in town.

“There were no suspicious circumstances found at the time of the investigation,” said a Southington Police press release. “Detectives are awaiting the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.”

Southington Police Lt. Michael Baribault declined to speculate on a cause of death before medical testing is completed.

The state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday that Perry’s death required further study

Perry survived a car accident in June that killed Hernandez’s friend Thaddeus Singleton III. Police say Perry and Singleton, who was married to Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Singleton, had a child together.

Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 not far from Hernandez’s mansion in North Attleborough, Mass. He has pleaded not guilty.

Several people with ties to Hernandez have died in the past six months.

Robert Valentine, a brother of Aaron Hernandez’s mother, died in a crash in August. Singleton died June 30 when the car he and Perry were in went off a road in Farmington, went airborne and became lodged inside a country club building.

Police have ruled that both crashes were accidents.

Investigators have said that Thaddeus Singleton introduced Hernandez to Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, the two other defendants facing charges in Lloyd’s death.

Tanya Singleton was indicted in September on charges of criminal contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact in the Lloyd shooting.

Authorities have been investigating whether Hernandez is linked to a 2012 double homicide in Boston that reportedly involved a .38-caliber gun.

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