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Texas officials say no bodies found at home of alleged ‘mass grave’

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 22:05 EDT
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HOUSTON, Texas — Texas police were investigating a tip-off that a mass grave containing bodies, including the corpses of children, was hidden in a rural area of the southern state, police said.

Police were combing the area after being told 25 to 30 dismembered bodies, many of them possibly children, were buried outside a house at the intersection of two roads in Liberty County.

“Earlier today we had a call indicating that there was a crime scene here… Police investigators have responded here on the scene. We have found some circumstances that have raised some questions,” Rex Evans, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office told reporters.

He said police had applied for a search warrant to investigate a nearby property further, and were waiting to be able to continue their hunt.

The FBI had been called in to investigate, along with a sniffer dog.

Earlier CBS television said a law enforcement source had told them “a lot of bodies” including some of children had been found on a property in Hardin, Texas about 50 miles (31 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

However, Evans told the Houston Chronicle that no corpses had been found as yet. “At this time we have not recovered any bodies,” he said.

“We only received information of a possible crime scene here at this location.”

The Chronicle reported that the tip-off had come from a psychic, and that the sheriff’s office had found traces of blood at the site when officers turned out to investigate.

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