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Tip from psychic of mass grave likely false

By Al Boe     Jun 7, 2011 in Crime
Liberty - A tipster alerted local authorities in Liberty County, Texas today to a home they say housed dozens of dead bodies. The tip apparently came from a psychic. Officials are now saying that no bodies were found at the residence.
According to KPRC-Houston, Liberty County Sheriff Officers originally said they found at least two dozen bodies outside the home located at the intersection of county roads 2049 and 2048.
The FBI was then called into the location where they attempted to obtain a search warrant for the property as of Tuesday afternoon.
By about 6 p.m. local time, officials, speaking at a press conference, said they had "no evidence of deceased persons," which disputed the earlier claims by media that bodies had been already found.
KHOU reported that a law enforcement officer on the scene had already confirmed the finding of bodies. KHOU said
"A law enforcement source confirmed that a mass grave with 'a lot of bodies' was found on the property."
The news station reported that at least some of the bodies appeared to be children.
Sheriff's deputies also confirmed that blood was found at the scene.
Numerous Officers and a cadaver dog are also on scene.
Stay with Digital Journal throughout the evening as we attempt to find out more details on the search.
Update 7:13 ET: ]Houston Chronicle is reporting that the tip came from a psychic. Upon investigation of the home the psychic sent them to, they found blood, believed to be human.
All we know is the sheriff department received a call about a mass grave, or something like that, with several bodies."
According to Law enforcement, no bodies had been found as of this time.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Liberty County sheriff's spokesman Rex Evans said officers had not exhumed any bodies.
"At this time we have not recovered any bodies," he said. "We only received information of a possible crime scene here at this location. Upon our arrival we determined that there was a need for a search warrant. Once that warrant arrives at the scene we will further our investigation."
Officers apparently obtained the warrant after the residents of the house were "uncooperative".
Update 10 p.m. ET: The following tweet was posted on KION's account
CBS Houston TX news station now reporting cadaver dogs find no hint of bodies at Texas home where mass grave reported.
Update: at an 8 p.m. local time press conference, Officials said that no bodies were found at the location after executing a search warrant. The blood they said was found at the residence apparently was connected to an earlier incident, and a foul stench was traced to rotting garbage.
"There’s nothing been confirmed … and we don’t have any confirmation that bodies have been buried," Officials said. "We’re working with our local partners, and anytime there’s a report of this nature we have an obligation to work with our local partners to determine if it’s factual or not."
The resident of the house, Joe Bankson, spoke to the Houston Chronicle and said that he had no idea what the tipster was referring to.
"It’s very serious," said Bankson, a 44-year-old long-haul trucker reached on the road in Dallas. "Finding out that the police are in my yard for dead bodies? That’s kinda panicking me. I ain’t killed nobody. We’ve had the cops out at our house, but never for nothing like that. Somebody called the police on my dogs one time."
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