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. Jeff Lebowski

    Well they are trying to break us the news, before there is actually a news story. This way they can be the first to bring you this news story, if indeed there turns up to be one.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jeff Lebowski

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


    June 22, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Matthew

    Why hasn't this news article been taken down yet?

    June 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Chris

    OMG, I found no bodies in my home this morning, can I be on the news too?

    June 23, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • pret_poi_ex_corp

      hahaha. awesome.

      June 25, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. WhatThe...

    Somebody probably read it on FaceBook ot Twitter. So of course it had to be real!

    Whatever happened to investigative reporting? Does it even exist anymore?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. idecomp

    The Media... What a farce. Get the details before spouting off.

    June 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Derick

      How is this CNN's fault? They did their job, reporting what a police official told them. That's how it works. The fact that the official was wrong...is the department's fault.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldostritch

      They say that once something is on the internet it doesn't go away. Stupidity especially. Hope it does eventually, as this non- story may break all records. Here's to even stupider reports on CNN that will eclipse this one!

      July 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Go get 'em Nancy Grace!
      You've got some time on your hands now and, OMG, there were chil'ren in there.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Actually, they are reporting on what a 'Federal' official told them. That they had FOUND 20 bodies. Jeezz! These Feds nowadays! Buy 'em books and send them to school, the eat the books and get the neighbors cat preggo!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IndianaJohn

    BREAKING NEWS!!! 1000 bodies found compressed into a cereal box in a facility for mentally challenged children, john lennon thought to be responsible!!

    update: no bodies were found, just "conflicting reports"

    good job cnn

    June 27, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jennalynne4

      LOL--really, I got all geeked out over some new multiple murder scene, and this is all they have??? WTH? Sorry excuse for a news article....

      June 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • fazil

      And we are suppose to belive the Media blindly

      June 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      And I just bought crispy rice and frosted flakes

      July 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eagle Eye

    Yeah, I heard it was all of George and Laura Bush's personalities found buried – some still alive! News at 9:11.

    June 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • russell

      I think they found your mama.

      July 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Crystal

    I am irritated that under "We Recommend" it still says "20 bodies Found.." Hey since this turned out to be a false lead can you at least change the link? Keeping it there just points to the fact that the story was jumped on before *any* facts were in. Looks real bad CNN.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. The R.O.T.P.

    nice joke Creator.....

    July 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Bob

    Hi, I was the anonymous tipster. By "20 bodies" I meant "no bodies." My bad.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Faye Hudson

    Sound like to me the defence has no defence and is trying the father . He has tried and convicted the father with no evidence. The Evidence is there for the world to see . If she cared for that child she would have seen she had was
    buried no matter who kill her or if accident. Care enought to have her taken care of when she died. The defence keeps saying makes no sence well he repeted himself over and over untill he makes nosence of what he is saying.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • wutisthis

      Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

      July 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Heyyy...Faye??? I think your posting on the wrong story :) No worry, I dood it too!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      @ whatisthis... Uhhh is there a 'Translate' button somewhere on your post? Don't have a CLUE what you just said!??

      July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Smartest Man in the World

    Change the front page headline, maybe?

    Incredibly irresponsible.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse | Reply



    July 6, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JOSEPH

    My Lord you people (CNN) are totally irresponsible....You convict people and are just plain liars!

    July 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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