HARDIN, Texas -- No bodies were found Tuesday at a Texas
farmhouse where a person claiming to be a psychic told officials
multiple bodies were buried, a sheriff's official says.
Liberty County Sheriff's Capt. Rex Evans said there was no
indication of bodies being anywhere on the rural property about 70
miles northeast of Houston.
Officials say the sheriff's office had received two calls from a
person who said dismembered bodies would be found. Evans said
authorities took the tip seriously in part because the caller had
details about the interior of the house that only someone who had
seen it could have known.
He said authorities have a name and number for the caller and
were working to track the person down. Asked if authorities thought
the tip was a hoax, Evans said only that they found no bodies or
anything to indicate a homicide had occurred there.
"We are going to continue our investigation and find out how
this individual had this information in the first place," Evans
He said no decision would be made on charges until the caller
could be questioned and the district attorney consulted.
The investigation began after the sheriff's office received a
tip from a psychic who claimed that many bodies, including those of
children, were in the house, said Liberty County Judge Craig
McNair, the county's top elected official.
A quick search Monday night turned up nothing, authorities said.
But the tipster called back Tuesday morning to say deputies had the
wrong house, Evans said.
McNair said deputies found blood on a back door and detected a
foul odor coming from the house, leading to the search warrant.
"We have to take tips like this very seriously," McNair said.
McNair said the owners of the home are apparently long-haul
truck drivers who were renting the house to someone else.
Property owner Joe Bankston said he was shocked by the reports of bodies on his property.
"This is like something out of a novel," Bankston said by phone from Dallas.
Bankston said his daughter lives in the house and that there was blood on the porch and in the house because his daughter's former boyfriend tried to commit suicide a couple of weeks ago.
"He got drunk and cut his wrist," Bankston said. "It took me all day to clean the inside of the house. I'm not sure I got it [the blood] all."
The boyfriend, an Army soldier who was AWOL, is now in a military psychiatric ward in Killeen, according to Bankston. He said a police report was filed with the sheriff's department after the suicide attempt.