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. unowhoitsme

    CNN has several openings for journalists with accurate information leading to authenic stories. (Speculation might be considered adequate. In that case, no need to apply. Positions filled.)

    June 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marc

    The real question is where are the 20 bodies that police officers told the media about? They didn't imagine them, and cops don't say they've seen something they haven't.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marc

    If any officer ever said they found bodies, THEY FOUND BODIES. Fact. Cops don't say 20 bodies were found when there was 0.

    June 9, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. ThirstyJon

    This is one of the most screwed up stories I have ever read. When will they get it straight?

    June 9, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      "Tipster in massive grave hoax says angels gave her the information ."


      June 10, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      All so-called "psychics" need to have in large bold letters following their use of the word "psychic" "FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY". Those failing to do so should be prosecuted for "theft by deception". In this case, no warrant should have been issues – unless the woman lied. If she lied, she should be prosecuted and fined for at least the cost of the investigation.

      June 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lou Cypher

    Ah, Texas. They were probably barbequed and eaten.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ANNA


      June 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sugarland

      Where are you from, New Yak.

      June 10, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • amy

      why don't u eat my ass, lou?

      June 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EJFarkas

    This is supposed to represent professional journalism? How can such news of this sort get posted and the reporters can't seem to get their 'news' or fact finding straight. Once again, Hearst and his yellow journalism strikes again.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. sasha

    How you accidently report finding 20 bodies?

    June 9, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Navyvet8192

    Zombie Apocalypse, need I say more!!!

    June 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swizza

      damn, i shoulda paid attention to that e-mail!!!

      June 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marianne

    Leave it to Texas to be full of stupid people claiming they're what they aren't and their law enforcement people to be wasting time and manpower on something that turns out to be a hoax. This person should be arrested for falsely claiming something there was NO evidence of.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The caller that reported it was NOT from Texas. She called from another state saying that the bodies were in Texas. Don't be disrespecting "Texans" for no reason. You got the story as screwed up as the first initial report which was not true. What a dummy you are.

      June 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sugarland

      Where are you from, New Yak?

      June 10, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      At least we have jobs! That allows us to buy food and pay bills and not worry about all the things you do so for entertainment we create things for our law enforcement to do so they can get the things on their budgets to aid in the searches. ahh....another paycheck has arrived. Gotta go!

      June 10, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. tammy

    REALLY?? You are seriously ignorant enough to stereotype based on state lived in? You take the cake, moron.

    June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BC

    It is hard to imagine writing something so sensational without a reliable source. Oh wait, no. It is commonplace now.

    June 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CpronLove

    A post was written saying this information came from a psychic. I'm glad this wasn't true besides the headline reports and police being on a case of nothing. I know some people who needed their time. cpronlove

    June 10, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. MamaKas

    Sounds to me like they found the bodies, but didn't have a search warrant yet so should not have been poking around. They will wait until they have the search warrant and then they will "find" the bodies again.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. IndyMike

    What "federal official" gave CNN the bogus info? Did he/she really think there were 20 bodies out there or was it just yanking CNN's chain?

    June 10, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. IndyMike

    But humans use less of their brain than any other species and this story proves it.

    June 10, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • spacecassette

      Indiana.....in CoMo?

      June 23, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      No, we use exactly 100% of our brains for various functions from hearing and seeing to fine motor skill and breathing. The entirety of the brain cannot be used for thinking alone. As you appear to be human, since you're typing and I assume you have opposable thumbs, I wouldn't exempt yourself from the raging stupidity you seem to think is so rampant just yet.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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