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Report of crime at Neverland Ranch unfounded, authorities say

Authorities searching Michael Jackson's former home at Neverland Ranch find no evidence of a crime

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.

"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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UPDATES

8:28 p.m.: This story have been updated with the information that the call was unfounded. 

7:08 p.m.: This story has been updated with a comment from the property group that owns Neverland Ranch. 

This story was originally published at 6:45 p.m.

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