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. JR "Bob" Dobbs

    How did a search warrant get issued on the word of a psychic?
    How do (make believe) supernatural powers rise to the acceptable level of proof needed to issue an actual search warrant.
    Not just a knock on the door and a "hey, do you have any dead bodies here" to see if they say yes, or if anything is in plain sight- but an actual SEARCH WARRANT, intruding on a citizens 14th Amend. rights, issued by a Judge!?!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      They did not get the search warrant from the psychic info. Calm down spaz. The police investigated because the called revealed some details about the home that were not visible from the outside. The cops went to knock on the door, and they smelled a foul odor and saw blood on the porch. Then the got the warrant. Which justifies probable cause. I'm also sure if this story is true. Would you rather have the cops violate an amendment and stop this person, or go by the book and have a serial killer on the loose. Oh an if you pick the former, please post your phone number so the families of the deceased can contact you.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • johny

      So Brad, when IS it OK to assert 14th amendment rights? It should always be OK for cops to solve crimes, right? Bah, anyone who says 14th amendment must be guilty of something, right?

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

      Brad, I agree with you that if this story were true, we'd want to do anything to stop that person. However, if that person were caught and arrested, they might walk because the search was illegal and nothing found in or around the house could be used in his/her trial. If they cannot use the photos of the bodies in the house as evidence, there is no murder trial. They would investigate him because they saw the bodies. They saw the bodies because of an illegal search. Therefore any information they glean based on evidence in the house, cannot be used. The case would be thrown out and a serial killer would be free. I agree that it stinks, but if you want to catch a serial killer, you'd want him to stay in jail right? Luckily the search was legal and they found no bodies.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      they used the right words....children

      June 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      ummmmmmm, brad???? what deceased?

      June 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Suzanne

    It's sad,the world is a scary place with scary people,it's hard to trust anyone.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. i know who it was

    Harold Camping! come back october 21st and it'll be true

    June 8, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jesp

    Seriously ? How dumb can people be !!!

    June 8, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      they can be really really dumb. Just read the posts

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

      Ever been to Las Vegas?

      June 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MoreDisgust

      Elvis is alive and living in Las Vegas. I know this is true because I am psychic.

      June 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    I received a NYT news alert on my phone "25 bodies found in Texas". How in the F was this "the news" today? It was reported throughout the media as if the bodies had been found. I read one article which detailed levels of decomposition of the bodies. What the hell is going on? Who disseminated this information? This needs to be known. Was it a local cop who misspoke? Was it one rogue reporter? This stinks to high heaven. Was it a coordinated effort to take Weiner out of the headlines? I smell false flag.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Aussie

      Don't complain about misinformation now. Look at Iraq! WMD's were just around the next building... Geraldo said his Geiger counter was spiking! Lol

      I mean look at Washington today. Here's yet another person elected, doing unethical things, lying about it, and saying "oops sorry". Why shouldn't we let the press do the same?

      Face it, the country has to hell in a hand basket. The sooner you realize it, the sooner you can start to make your own plans on how to proceed.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. texas 2 step

    Texsis offishuls say no bodies found at home? Thas cuz thurre probly out on da town! Thaswy offishuls caint find nobody at home! Simple!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini


    June 8, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    At CNN, psychics are the most reliable source of information.
    God bless CNN.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    How much does that psychic charge for a reading?

    June 8, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Ask the psychic when the world is going to end.

    June 8, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Riff*Raff

    This story is insane. More holes than Swiss cheese. Whatever happened to verifying the story through 2 independent sources before releasing it to the public? CNN and the NYT both have lost a great deal of credibility on this one. I'll think twice before I believe anything they print. Very strange indeed.

    June 8, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Aussie

      Maybe this was a just a cheeper way to determine their viewing audience than paying nielsen or whoever for an expensive poll. 🙂

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

    "Most serial killers in US are white".. Most serial killers in South Africa are black..and how does any of this help us understand what happened at Hardin?

    June 8, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. elliott lopez

    @Jonny:well,I'll be glad if there are No bodies found there..would mean that 25,30 innocent people didn't get murdered by some insane mad person(s)..just as I am glad to hear about the story you put at second worst story (ie,19 people not found dead)-dont know what that was about,but I personally dislike such stories..as mich as I dislike the "people" that ind some kind of pleasure reading about these things..

    June 8, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. elliott lopez

    Well,I would be glad if No bodies are found at hardin..would mean 25,30 innocent people were not murdered by some mad person(s)..

    June 8, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chad

    Trilogies please go work for CNN.. You provide accurate information with little sugar coating. At the very least take this jounalist's position before rising to Cooper's level.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
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