University of South Florida anthropologists say they’ve found evidence of 98 deaths and more graves than previously identified at a closed reform school in the Panhandle.
A report released Monday by the university in Tampa says researchers found at least 50 grave sites at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. The report concludes there may be even more.
That’s 19 more gravesites than had been identified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in a 2010 investigative report. The FDLE was unable to substantiate or refute claims that students were abused and even killed by staffers since the school opened in 1900. It closed last year.
The anthropologists documented the deaths of two adults and 96 children from 1914 through 1973. The anthropologists’ research included archived documents from the school, interviews and penetrating radar that led them to places they excavated.