June 7th, 2011
09:46 PM ET

Texas officials say no bodies found at home

[Updated at 9:46 p.m. ET] A tipster launched a search for bodies in Texas on Tuesday evening, but a search of property in a rural area turned up no evidence of any homicides, authorities said.

"We have no indication there are in fact any bodies in the residence or on the property," Liberty County Sheriff's Office Capt. Rex Evans told reporters.

Officials came with a search warrant to look at the property near the town of Hardin. Aerial footage showed officers standing outside a single-story residence in a rural area.

Evans said authorities now will try to locate and speak with the unidentified female caller.

Earlier, a federal official said at least 20 bodies had been found at a home in Hardin. A federal official later said officials were receiving conflicting information about that report.

Hardin is about 60 miles northeast of Houston.

[Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET] Officials have conflicting information about a report that bodies had been found on a property in Texas, a federal official told CNN.

Earlier, a federal official said at least 20 bodies had been found at a home in Hardin, Texas.

According to Capt. Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, the office "received a call indicating there was a crime scene here."

"Investigators have responded to the scene," Evans said. "We have found some circumstances that have raised some questions. And we have requested a search warrant. As soon as that warrant arrives here at the scene we will further our investigation."

Lee Fregia of the nearby Hull-Daisetta Fire Department said there were "no signs of bodies or graves at this time." Fregia confirmed that authorities were waiting for a search warrant.

Hardin is about 60 miles northeast of Houston.

[Initial post] At least 20 bodies, including those of children, have been found at a home in Hardin, Texas, a federal official told CNN. Officers are securing the scene, the official said.

soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. an official

    no problem boss, the "cleaners" were able to reach the site before the police arrived.

    oops I mean to sent this only to the restricted mailing list...

    June 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lou50

    I did not see a name on who reported it to the media. If the media had to print a source name these types of stories would not go out. Due to the "yellow journalism' quality of the media maybe a 24 hour cooling off period before they can print their conflicting stories they might get more of it correct.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michelle S

    Wow. How is this news? 20 bodies weren't found in my house today either, but I'm not on CNN! I feel left out.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Luek

    I think it would have been more professional of the police to have gotten the name of the female caller and more details first before going on a wild goose chase and wasting tax dollars. Gee, if a caller called the cops and said that space aliens were landing and invading I guess they would believe that too.

    June 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jenn

    They can't demand a name from a caller. Nor can they not investigate a potential crime because the caller refuses to give a name or because they claim psychic abilities. Once they find the information false they can get a warrant and go through the phone company to get the number and address assuming it wasn't a prepaid phone some one used and dumped. Multiple murders or serial killers are not common in Texas, and nutty callers are no more common there than anywhere else. The media outlets that were on LE private channel scan heard it and jumped to report so if we must pick someone to blame it would have to be them for jumping the gun without any facts. I am glad they checked and hope they check every time. If there had been victims and that many too then that is someones family member that has been missing and a sick killer on he loose so yes please continue to answer even the far fetched calls because sometimes they are real. The only embarrassment should be the half wit reporters that didn't confirm facts.

    June 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wavejump1100

    im confused did they find 20 bodies or not? what kind of bs story is this?

    June 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simone Says

      the same day this was reported, it was discovered that the 'psychic' made it up. so,i heard about that a couple of weeks ago: i clicked on the link, because i thought, seriously? is this one for real? but no,it's just a misleading headline about the same article ... 2 weeks old. yes, *this* is what passes for journalism these days :-/

      June 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. conobs

    This is what passes for journalism in America today, truly pathetic.
    Here we are more than a week after it’s known to be a none story and it’s still a recommended story.
    why would anyone need a college education to turn out this kind of crap? jh students have higher standards than cnn
    with all the stuff going on in the world today this is the best cnn can recommend?
    i guess this is what happens when you let politics and money dictate the news... pathetic

    June 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Really?

    If all it takes to get a search warrant is an anonymous tip then something is seriously wrong.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Pips

      Yeah, not sure what is going on. Warrants should be incredibly hard to obtain. Random hints from random people should not be enough for anything other than a casual drive by and maybe a knock on the door.

      June 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 8xInfinity

    I get scared when "There's a house in Texas without any corpses in it" is a newsworthy tale.

    Going from "Hey, we got 20 dead people, including kids" to "No crime whatsoever at this random property" is beyond fail- it's basically the final death throe of journalism as a respected and trusted profession.

    This just in: UNICORNS LIVE ON THE MOON!
    (Update: No, no they do not)

    Also, if this was written on the 7th, why was I brought to this page just now by clicking a link that said "20 bodies found in home"??

    June 20, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bdial

      Ditto.

      I want to reply "ditto" to everyone on here who thinks this non-article is a waste of time, but I'm only doing it to your reply, as I love the Unicorn press release.

      June 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Simone Says

    you know, the link to this article says "20 bodies FOUND in texas home". perhaps that could be fixed, since the opposite is – still – true.

    June 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    This reminds me of the Roswell story, first the truth comes out, then the cover up starts.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Paula

    So, not a story. Why bother posting it?

    June 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pasinez

    We Recommend " 20 bodies found in Texas Home"
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    CNN has been running this false lead for 2 weeks. Does it have to rely sleazy tactics to make a buck?

    June 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ituri

    I was amazed by this story. It seems to have ONLY been reported on Fox News first, it stated boldly that "dozens of bodies FOUND," not suspected, it said FOUND. Then the deal with the "anonymous psychic" came out.

    If police raided my home on a tip from a psychic, you can bet that would be my lawsuit of a lifetime. That police work with psychics with any seriousness at all is DISTURBING and disgusting.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. ?

    I can't even believe this is on CNN. time to change news sources. absolutely absurd.

    June 22, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
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