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Search for Missing Bodies to Begin at Florida Reform School

Friday, August 30, 2013


MARIANNA, FLORIDA—Erin Kimmerle and Christian Wells of the University of South Florida will begin to search for the unaccounted–for bodies of boys who died at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys between 1900 and 1952. The researchers been asked by the state government to find the locations of the missing burials, excavate and identify the remains, and determine if the boys had died of natural causes while in the care of the reform school. Potential grave sites have been identified with ground-penetrating radar, but they expect to find another, segregated burial area. “We are now giving these young men an opportunity to go home,” said state representative Alan Williams.