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. @texancowgirl

    why a cartel? mexicans? It is prbly a white man psycho killer rapist, they are usually the crazy ones!! & lets pray its not real!!

    June 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yaaawwwn

    They were dead but they got better

    June 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. poftravel

    the real story is how CNN got fooled !!!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrome

      If CNN got fooled, then so did the New York Times (and likely many other news agencies), as the NYT is where I first saw the story reported.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dig deeper

    Excavation projects are expensive. In this economy, you need to get creative. "Yes, the bodies are in a large swimming pool-shaped hole. The bodies on that end are a little deeper. Excuse me, officer, please let that cement truck in there, yes, thank you..."

    June 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lsa

    I remember when cnn first hit the air, that was a long time ago.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carkelde

    That's how the zombie attack starts

    June 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josh

    Here's a question. Why isn't the officer that originally stated bodies had been found in trouble?

    ('a federal official said at least 20 bodies had been found')

    He should be fired if not prosecuted.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    Communication is a rare occurrence.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. teacher says

    I'm going to go ahead and blame our school system on this one.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anthony's Case Posts

    Has anyone seen my meth?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Meat

    Maybe some of the bodies found were members of the Miami Heat? They were kidnapped after game two and have not been seen since. How far is Hardin from Dallas?

    June 8, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzz

    I'm wearing blue panties. Last time I washed them was on April 28, 1996.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Charlie

    It makes me mad that some idiot news reporters were reporting the psychic's "vision" as something that the police had confirmed – I don't know whether CNN hopped on the bandwagon or not, but on other reputable news sites, the first reports I read were very misleading.

    I was a Texas police reserve, and believe me, if someone had a complaint or a tip, we HAD to investigate, no matter HOW stupid we personally thought it was. That is normal policy anywhere. The police HAD to investigate, so don't blame them for all the drama.

    There have been normal people who start thinking they saw a "vision" when they actually witness something extremely traumatic, because they refuse to admit to themselves that they actually witnessed a horrific scene – Another reason the police have to investigate any tips, beyond it being policy.

    I think in this case, though, the psychic needs to have a charge brought against her for filing a false report, if she said something to the police that made them think it was more than her "vision" or overactive imagination, or whatever.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jonny

    This is the worst story ever! Second on the list was a story of 19 bodies not being found.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Texas sucks

    Texas sucks.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthony's Case Posts

      AMEN!

      June 8, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
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