Researchers return to Dozier School for Boys to search for more remains
11:29 AM, Feb 4, 2014
2:50 PM, Feb 4, 2014
MARIANNA, Fla. - Researchers have returned to the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna on Tuesday to search for more remains.
ABC Action News was invited by USF researchers to join them.
Today, USF researchers will bring in specially-trained K9s to help search for and find historic bones.
Many Tampa Bay families have been waiting a long time for this moment and today's search gives them renewed hope.
Last week, USF researchers announced they had excavated the remains of 55 children. Some had been found in unmarked, shallow graves.
That number of burials is 24 more than state records indicate, said Erin Kimmerle, a USF associate professor leading a team of researchers who began excavating graves on the Marianna property in September. The burials that have gone unrecorded underscore the necessity of exhuming the remains, she said.
Work began last year to exhume graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, which opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 for budgetary reasons. Former inmates from the 1950s and 1960 have detailed horrific beatings and abuse at the school.
In September, researchers discovered the remains of two children, possibly between the ages of 10 and 13.
To assist in identify the remains, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is distributing a list of 41 names of boys believed to be buried on the property.