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Report of crime at Neverland Ranch unfounded, authorities say

Report of crime at Neverland Ranch unfounded, authorities say
Late pop star Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley. (Stephen Osman/Los Angeles Times)

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies spent three hours searching the structures and surrounding property of Neverland Ranch on Tuesday after a report that a crime was being committed. According to a sheriff's spokeswoman, they found nothing.

Neverland Ranch is the former home of pop star Michael Jackson.

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"There was no evidence of a crime or anything suspicious in nature," said Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Authorities responded to the Santa Ynez Valley property after someone called the sheriff's non-emergency line and reported a crime.

Hoover would not comment on what crime was reported or any other specifics of the call.

Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for Colony Capital, the property company that owns Neverland Ranch, said the call was believed to be a hoax but that he was grateful authorities were checking the area to verify.

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