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UPDATE: No Bodies Found At Home In Texas

HARDIN, Texas - A sheriff's official says no bodies have been found at a Texas farmhouse where a person claiming to be a psychic told officials multiple bodies were buried. Liberty County Sheriff's Capt. Rex Evans says there is 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 says 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 says authorities now have a name and number for the caller and are working to track them down.
      

      
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas  — Federal agents and sheriff's deputies plan to search a rural house in Southeast Texas after receiving a tip that multiple dismembered bodies are buried there.

Spokesman Rex Evans of the Liberty County Sheriff's Department says the office received an anonymous report Tuesday that there were bodies in the home, at the intersection of County Roads 2049 and 2048 between Hardin and Daisetta. KHOU reported that a tipster said 25 to 30 bodies were buried there.

But, in a press conference, Liberty County officials said they are awaiting a search warrant and have found no evidence of any bodies, according to KBMT-TV.

A state law enforcement source said deputies had been directed to the site by a psychic, the Houston Chronicle reported. 

The area is largely rural with a mix of fields and small wooded areas, located about 70 miles northeast of Houston. Law enforcement officials were staged along County Road 2048 near a house that was surrounded by trees.

A neighbor told the Houston Chronicle that authorities were gathering at the home of Joe Bankson. Bankson, reached by the Chronicle in Dallas, told a reporter he didn't know why authorities might be at his home, where he and his wife have lived for three years.

He said he and his wife are long-haul truck drivers and are en route to Georgia.

"I haven't killed anybody," he told the Chronicle. "And I have a lot of friends, but I haven't helped anybody bury any bodies."

About 15 Sheriff's Office vehicles and at least one cadaver dog are on the scene, KHOU reported.

The Cleveland Advocate reported that authorities were seeking a search warrant in order to search the home, where some of the individuals involved have been "uncooperative,"  according to Evans. 

An FBI official says an evidence response team has been put on standby in case its needed, according to NBC News. A woman who answered the phone at the Beaumont FBI office referred all questions to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, which could not be immediately reached by msnbc.com for comment.

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