No bodies have been found 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 Captain Rex Evans said there was no indication of bodies being anywhere on the rural property about 120km 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 said.
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 (Tuesday, NZ time) turned up nothing, authorities said. But the tipster called back the next morning (today, NZ time) to say deputies had the wrong house, Evans said.
McNair said deputies found blood on a back door and detected a foul odour 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. McNair did not have any information on the renters, but he said there was apparently an attempted suicide at the house a couple of weeks ago that could have explained the blood on the door. He did not know who was involved in the suicide attempt.
KPRC-TV had earlier reported that authorities had found up to 30 bodies, possibly all children, buried at the house.
According to KPRC television, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office had said 25 to 30 bodies were found and that preliminary reports indicated the bodies were those of children.
-AP, with Reuters