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. t

    what about all the koolaid packets?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. 2cents4free

    That was Jan Brewer calling about illegal aliens beheading people in Arizona and now Texas.

    June 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr Fantastic

    Were there big vats of Koolaid nearby?

    June 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. IMStrong

    My psychic powers tell me...wait...what? It's angels....they are speaking through my psychic powers. They say... what? "The press are idiots who are so desperate for stories they will listen to the voices in peoples heads"

    June 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ron

    What would the average person have done if someone called and said there was 20 bodies in a house in Texas ?
    I think the big majority would have followed through and checked it out. Especially it being in Texas.
    It would not have sounded too outrageous to me. It would have been much less credible if a psychic
    had reported it.

    June 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • THX

      Considering the location and the news over the past couple of years, it's not outrageous to think that it was a drop-house where something bad went down. That's happened before, more than once.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • SammyP in BigD

      Gee, thanks for slamming the entire state of Texas there, ron. Where do you live?

      June 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      In other news, did anyone else see this photo of Obama praying in a mosque?! http://on.fb.me/mdR7yc

      June 17, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
    • CL

      I love how people like Ron and Skarlette use fallacy based stereotypes to judge people from a state. New flash folks, this is 2011. What states do you live in? Is it ok for me to say every person living in Jersey is a Guido? Or every person living in Arkansas is an imbred hick? Oh oh, how about this, everyone in California is brain-bleached and ignorant of any real issues that exist today. I mean really? Do you people honestly still have your heads stuck in the mindset of, "all Texas are rednecks who slay and murder people?" Are you really that narrow-minded and naive? I pity you for your utter stupidity and ignorance. By the way, I am Texan, and NO, I do not slay people. No, I do not redneck it up, and no, I do not condone the behavior of either. Get some culture and societal insight for crying out loud.

      June 17, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. bill

    @anonymous, Hey Einstein you violated your own rules both times.

    June 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JT

    Interesting – the link to this article says "official says 20 bodies found in texas home" but when you click on the link the headline is "NO bodies found in homes" – people love to hate Texans, even the reporters... this is a NON-story

    June 12, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. skarrlette

    This is common for Texas though isn't it?

    June 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judex

      No it's not common. People tend to think that about Texans, when we are just like other people, it's just a lot of Texans have a lot of strong political views and therefore are seen by a large majority of people as "Ass backwards". Not every Texan as a collection of guns, we're not all rednecks or hicks and most stereotypes about Texas aren't true. Unfortunately there are people who DO fit those stereotypes and those are the ones you see and are portrayed in media outlets.

      June 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • douglas

      Common for serial killers, or stupidity? I saw we have our fair share of both. And the stupidity part of it usually rests with gov't workers and politicians.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. skytag

    Wow, this is what qualifies as journalism these days?

    June 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • douglas

      Pretty embarrassing, isn't it. I think they should just pull all the other non-stories about dead end police leads and put them on the front page...for those board with reality.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. oldntired

    let's wait and see. Keep an open mind- just not so open the brain falls out

    June 13, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. maxwell

    Except for Texans !!!

    June 13, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. douglas

    Given no other information, it's a waste of our TX tax dollars to conduct a search based on one phone call, especially if it's from a psychic. It should require a face to face visit by the reporting party.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anonymous2

    Does this not sound to anyone else like they actually did find bodies, and now they're covering it up for some reason?

    June 14, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Prof Ramesh Manghirmalani

    Why are you so much against Texas??? State has give us President?

    June 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JC

    Given everything that's come out of Texas lately, one has to wonder what exactly is going on in that state, and what the heck is their malfunction?

    June 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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