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.

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  1. Minkita

    What the hell is going on with this story?? First they say "no bodies found", then they do a BREAKING NEWS headline that says "more than 20 bodies found"... And now "no bodies found" again???? This is very unsettling to me...

    June 8, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. zapper45701

    Please update the headline or the article. Which is it?

    June 8, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. jcooper

    Yesterday there was a large yellow banner across the CNN home page that claimed and I quote "20 bodies found in home in Hardin Texas" There was no link to an article. Why would CNN make the the claim that bodies had in fact been found when none were found at all?

    June 8, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • DNadeau

      This is because a large part of this story is left out.... missing... why? Because either something was found that the police and media dont want us to know... or, the whole thing is a Hoax. The telegraph this morning suggests it was all a hoax and no bodies were found... but...I personally believe something was indeed found. initially, the "tipster" was a psychic who called the police and gave the location, the psychic had "visions" of this crime. Yesterday, news outlets as far away as Sidney Australia were reporting it to be a mass grave of 30+ dead children... but today.. who knows. Hoax or Reality, the truth will come out today.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Specter

      Yea, like first there was a ufo crash in roswell then it was a weather balloon...and hundreds of army personnel came to pick it up.....cause weather balloons cary national secrets....yea

      June 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DNadeau

    This is hate speech, go away.

    June 8, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Teddy

    I hear from CNN, that there were 20 bodies, including children in Texas. Now I hear, there wasn't any bodies????????

    June 8, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. janet

    I wonder if they found the bodies, And 4lettered up by not having a search warrant? Re: The paragraph, waiting on a warrant!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LLeGrande

    There is plenty of criticism to be leveled here:

    First, the Sheriff of Liberty County and his Captains exhibited immense incompetence in giving any credence whatsoever to a report from a 'self-proclaimed' psychic. Every pshchic is both 'self-proclaimed' and nothing more than a fraud. This sheriff should resign, and his Captain should be fired.

    Second, the judge who approved and issued a 'probable cause' search warrant for this property should be recalled if in an elective office. Any judge should have the requisite skepticism to disregard such garbage as that from the mouth of a 'self-proclaimed' psychic.

    Third, apparently the Sheriff's Department never even verified the caller with the 'tip'. And, it seems that they may never know who the caller was that created this 'national fraud' upon law enforcement and the media.

    Fourth, the media and unnamed 'officials' of the Federal Government should be held to account for their comments and reports. That the FBI became involved in this scam shows how easily they can be made fools of. The reports of 'bodies found' must be prosecuted for the utter falsehood that it was. And, it was inflamatory.

    Fifth, I hope that the property owners – long-distance truckers not home, but who were reported as 'non-cooperative' in this sham and scam have a cause of action against the Sheriff's Department and the county government. There is nothing like a substantial money judgement against incompetent police to focus the executive branch which must come up with the funds to pay the money.

    Sixth: Even the New York Times bought into this scam.

    What fools we are. What fools law enforcement officials are. What fools judges are. What fools the media are. All over a 'self-proclaimed' psychic.

    Sheesh!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    Never beleive anyone who says they are "a psychic"... trust me.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LorynToo

    IF this story pans out, people will not be so quick to disregard psychics. By the way, the radio story mentioned blood on the porch (explained away by the property owner) and a freezer full of rotting meat. The self-proclaimed psychic, unless she had a direct connection to the property, knew far more than she should since she described the house, the interior of the house, and the blood on the porch. She knew enough that the local police took her seriously. They probably do have her name and credentials, but are not releasing them to the media. I wouldn't.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    Yeah, I watched Google update it and the reports were vacillating as to the number of bodies and children. It had the credibility of a bunch of teenage girls gossiping about somebody's boyfriend. It was ridiculous. The impression I got was that the police were releasing this information to the press for the most part. The police say a psychic called it in to them on repeated occasions. What can't be known is whether she represented the information to the police as factual or as a psychic experience. Since she identified herself as a psychic to the police, I would think the police would filter every thing she said as likely being a psychic experience as opposed to a representation of fact. Now they're talking about the possibility of filing criminal charges against her.

    My take is the psychic called it in as a psychic experience while identifying herself as a psychic. She may have used language suggesting it was a factual representation because psychic experience things as real if I understand the phenomena correctly. The police probably interpreted her statements as representations of fact and then prematurely forwarded the information to the press. The various news bites yesterday indicated the police had made numerous unqualified statements that bodies were found based upon the number of times I saw them quote the police as the source of statements.

    So, my guess, the police misunderstood somebody, released and and/or conveyed one or more unsubstantiated falsehoods to the public as fact and confirming the finding of 20 to 30 bodies, some or all of children, depending upon which reports were read, and now that none of it is true, they're trying to find somebody to destroy to fade the embarrassment of being perceived as idiots. In other words, standard police work. Roll the sh** downhill, punish the innocent, let the guilty go free if they're the 'good guys', and then continue enforcing the law to the detriment of the public.

    If you think I'm joking, go live in Las Vegas for a few years, you 'll understand what I mean. That's SOP in Las Vegas.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeepers

    I theorize alien bodies.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tim

    Here's a link to the sequential news hits appearing in google news. The link is the first page, I think, that contains a news item about the story. Previous hits were mostly related to Mexican mass graves. It might give you an idea how the story varied as time went on.

    http://news.google.com/news/search?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=texas+mass+grave&cf=all&scoring=n&start=180

    June 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    Then again, it could have been a slow press day. Times are hard. The press has to make a living too. If so, sorry for the police jab. It may have been a healthy bit of both.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HoustonVol

    Here is the follow up scoop from Houston.

    First it had to be someone with knowledge of the whole situation. The daughter moved out of the house over the past weekend.

    A couple of weeks ago, the daughters boyfriend tried to kill himself by cutting his wrist, and per the truckdriver and police report made at the time – there was a lot of blood. The person living in the house cleaned up the inside of the house, but did not pay much attention to the outside and there was still some blood to be found.

    The freezer full of meat was "malfunctioning" or unplugged. It has been 100+ in the Houston area for the past 5-6 days.

    So the parents were on a long hual route and left last week. The daughter unplugs the freezer before moving out. Being upset at the parents, plans a scene. Knowing that there is blood to be found outside the house – and after a few days – smell from the freezer filling the house, she calls in with a psyic tip. The sherrifs department shows up – first to the wrong house. Obviously someone is watching because they then call back and tell the sheriff's department they went to the wrong house.

    So you have the deputy show up to a house with a "mass grave". They find blood outside the house and a rotting smell coming from the house. Now there is plausible cause to actually get a search warrent to be able to go into the house.

    It still turned out to be a hoax, and over blown. To many people "leak" a story before they could actually confirm what was happening.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JohnnyOh2323

    This is about the lowest form of journalism. The headline should be "Speculation based on Psychic Testimony Leads Major News Network to Lie about a Story."

    June 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
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