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CAS researchers find additional bodies at Dozier School for Boys

TAMPA, Fla. -- Researchers from the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences have located and excavated the remains of 55 people in a graveyard at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys -- five more bodies than previous fieldwork had indicated might be there and 24 more burials than official records indicate should be there.

The team of more than 50 people from nine agencies is attempting to identify the remains, as well as any information on cause of death from those buried at the now closed reform school. Using cutting-edge scientific methods, DNA matches and advanced technology, scientists working on the nearly two-year-old project aim to identify the bodies buried at the school in Marianna, Fla., which has been the subject of repeated state and federal investigations and claims of brutality and child abuse during its 100-year history.

On Tuesday, researchers from USF updated the public on the status of the research. Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Erin Kimmerle, the project’s leader, announced several key developments: