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Up To 30 Bodies Of Children Found In Mass Grave In East Texas
LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — Dozens of bodies have been found in a mass grave in Liberty County, NBC-affiliate KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday.
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The Liberty County Sheriff's Office said 25 to 30 bodies were buried at the intersection of County Roads 2049 and 2048 between Hardin and Daisetta. KHOU reported that a tipster alerted authorities about the bodies, which were said to be dismembered. The bodies are those of children, according to preliminary reports, KPRC Local 2 said on its website.
The area is largely rural with a mix of fields and small wooded areas. Law enforcement officials were staged along County Road 2048 near a house that was surrounded by trees. 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 a nearby home, where some of the individuals involved have been "uncooperative," according to Capt. Rex Evans, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
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.