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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    June 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Annonymous

    How about more information please? Just posting a sentence or 2 on the webs is just a waste of space. really. Don't post anything unless you can make at least 2 paragraphs.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elena Fairchild

      That's a little elitist. I mean, two paragraph minimum? What is this, 10th grad English class?

      June 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • PLady100

      I agree. If you don't have a story, don't make a post. I HATE the immature 'we told you first' mentality.

      June 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous


      The word "elitist" is fun to use, but make sure you know what it means.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnqpublic

      Yes!- Or one long one, even

      June 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      If you don't like fresh news and want to read a couple paragraphs they have these things called newspapers you can subscribe to instead of going to CNN people.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elena Fairchild

    Is that what an official said?

    June 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica Brown

    This is very very sadd!! Can't believe all thiiis!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Ranger

    some cult.... watch

    June 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wes

    my friends!

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. walker D

    it's gotta be the end of the world from the 12th of may mass suicides

    June 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jerk


    June 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. walker D

    the whackos from waco moved in

    June 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kani

    Already read about it by searching it on Google lol. Damn CNN is too slow.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. walker D

    maybe a goose chase? leave it to the news to run with a goose

    June 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RachelM

    A law enforcement source has confirmed with CBS affiliate KHOU that a mass grave with "a lot of bodies" has been found by police on a property in Hardin, Texas, approximately 50 miles northeast of Houston.

    Liberty County sheriff's deputies are currently on the scene at the home where a tipster reportedly told them 25 to 30 dismembered bodies are buried

    Some of the bodies are children, according to the source, reports KHOU.

    The tip came in to police Tuesday afternoon, and the tipster claimed that dozens of dismembered bodies were buried in the grave, according to local paper The Cleveland Advocate.
    About 15 sheriff's department vehicles and at least one cadaver dog are on the scene.
    The Beaumont FBI office has also been asked to assist in the investigation.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Thank you. That is more information than I had before......

      June 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    Once again, CNN is giving out too much information......

    June 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Did I write that?

    20 bodies found chopped up? Sounds like this is the making of an other horror movie by hollywood. I'm betting that whoever did that sick twisted stuff is most likely from the Northest, because we all know that 75% of all serial killers come from up here.

    P.S. less than two paragraphs! bite me

    June 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnqpublic

      Not to brag or anything, but don't forget about our great midwest! (H.H. Holmes, Gacy, Dahmer...etc)

      June 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR "Bob" Dobbs

      It was the makings of soup, not a horror movie.
      Mmmmm..... long pig.

      July 7, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. TJ

    Is it true or not?


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

      LCSO: No Evidence Of Bodies


      So are there or aren't there bodies there?

      June 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
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