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. zilla

    ya'll people are silly i'm in dallas, tx. i have been here all my life and there are not cults every where were normal as anyone else. there have been mass graves in many other places we just do things a little bigger out here.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I grew up in ft worth, and i don't know why you would want to be 'normal like everyone else'

      June 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • farquar

      I lived in Austin in the early 70's. I often visited a friend in Dallas for the weekend.
      My friends younger brother sold or gave away all his possessions to join a cult.
      I have no idea about that these days, but it was certainly a problem in the past.
      I like Dallas and the Metroplex (do they still call it that?)

      June 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. beancounterz

    The racial makeup of the city was 98.54% White, 0.53% African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.11% of the population.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tad

    what, did they run out of room in death row?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • unowhoitsme

      California prisons ran out of room.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. unowhoitsme

    CNN, please get more facts BEFORE you attempt to write a 2 sentence "story"!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ABCfellow

      You know, I could not figure out what was truly strange about this, but it is exactly what you said. Usually 2 liners appear in breaking news....which is what this should have been. I do agree with you on get more before you report. They just dont know how curious we are.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ H

      I agree. Get the facts before you give us a sentence. Media needs to be dropped from this world along with the government.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aranel

    I'm from Hardin. The entire community is reeling in shock right now. No one knows anything yet. We're all hoping and praying whoever did this, whatever it is, is caught and punished. There's so much misinformation out there right now.

    FWIW, Hardin is your typical American small town, mostly white, but with a healthy sprinkling of minorities. Everything revolves around the local high school and churches. We're not Bible Belt style religious, but it's a big part of the community. Everyone knows everything about everyone. Or so we thought.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      How dumb are your cops there in Hardin it's a HOAX reported to cops from a nut.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caligirl

      Your reply was more informative than the "story" provided on this website.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. holla

    Don't drink the koolaid

    June 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. What?

    How stupid is CNN this has been found to be a HOAX "The Houston Chronicle said the tip-off came from a physic who told officials about a mass grave. Officers apparently checked one property, but found nothing. The caller then informed them they had visited the wrong house, it is claimed."

    Come on get your story right before you report!!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chop Shop

      Your way off. They did originally go to the wrong house. Then returned to a different house after the psychic informed them that they went to the wrong location. This is no hoax. There are bodies...

      June 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chop Shop

    I smell a new horror film in the works....

    June 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      "Chop Shop

      Your way off. They did originally go to the wrong house. Then returned to a different house after the psychic informed them that they went to the wrong location. This is no hoax. There are bodies..."

      What? Are you the stupid psychic who called the cops?

      June 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tiffany

    Okay first off.....they haven't found any dead bodies... are they still looking yes...so cnn is wrong they haven't found anything yet

    June 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. meee

    Iscrewed15corpsesintexas.com very good site!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • KCTwister

      your a very sick person.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. paul

    send in chuck norris

    June 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KCTwister

    So is this a hoax or what?? I can only hope it is.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Xasthur

    All the victims were Mexican killed by vigilante border patrol racists.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • KCTwister

      please tell me you f*&%ing with me??

      June 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. monique

    2 paragraphs! Whoever it was that sad that shud mind their own! No they should def not jump to conclusions. I def see a new horror film in future based on this sad event. Let us all pray(no matter what relgion) that this person is caught. Killers dont stay in one place. Anyone of us could be one of those people.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ellis from Panama

    I'm gay. I eat chorizo.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
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