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Saturday, November 22, 2003
Police remove items from home

Associated Press

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Chandler police detectives searched the home of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson's former girlfriend.

Jennifer Gaddis cooperated with detectives Friday morning while they searched her Indianapolis house and removed items, according to Chandler police.

Police did not say what items were confiscated.

Police are calling Gaddis an investigative lead in Stenson's death.

According to police reports, Gaddis sent threatening text messages to Stenson's cell phone two weeks before he was kidnapped and killed.

"U better pray I never see you U again, I swear Dernell U R worth a murder charge 4 & that is all U R worth," one message said.

Stenson was kidnapped in a robbery of his sports utility vehicle and killed while trying to escape, police said.

Stenson, who had been playing in the Arizona Fall League, was found dead Nov. 5 after a night out with friends. Four men have been arrested in connection with Stenson's death.