Liberty County sheriff's officials Tuesday afternoon said they found blood at a rural residence that a tipster said was the burial site of 25 to 30 dismembered bodies.
A state law enforcement source later Tuesday afternoon told the Houston Chronicle that deputies had been directed to the site by a psychic.
"All we know is the sheriff department received a call about a mass grave, or something like that, with several bodies," the source said. "They went and checked it, and there was nothing there. The caller went back and said, 'No, you went to the wrong house.'
"They go back out and go to the house and see something dark that could have been blood, and do a persumpting test that it was human blood."
A neighbor said authorities were congregating at the home of Joe Bankson.
Bankson, reached in Dallas where he was travelling with his wife, said he did not know why police might be at his home.
Bankson and his wife are long-haul truckers who said they were en route to Georgia. They left Sunday, he said.
They have lived at the residence for three years, he said.
"I haven't killed anybody," he said. "And I have a lot of friends, but I haven't helped anybody bury any bodies."
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."
The Cleveland Advocate reported the house is near the intersection of County Roads 2048 and 2049.
The Cleveland newspaper said authorities were told that as many as 30 bodies, possibly belonging to children, were buried at the intersection of the roads between Hull and Hardin.
A cadaver dog has been brought to the scene to aid in the search.
The newspaper quoted authorities as saying residents of the nearby residence — the object of the search warrant — were “uncooperative.”
The Beaumont FBI office has been asked to assist in the investigation.
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