TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Researchers at the University of South Florida, who have been investigating burial grounds at the old Dozier School For Boys, say they discovered five additional remains on the school grounds.
That brings the total of individuals buried there to 55.
The Panhandle boys reform school, which has been the subject of controversy for decades, has since closed. Survivors recount stories of torture and abuse.
Family members of those boys have long tried to have remains buried near the school identified.
Over the past few years, a research team from USF have used ground-penetrating radar to identify burial shafts. After battling the state, those researchers got approval to exhume those bodies for the purpose of identification. They also wanted to investigate causes of death.
(Photo courtesy of USF)