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Bodies evacuated from Dozier Boys School
MARIANNA -- Researchers say the remains of 55 people have been excavated from the former Dozier School for Boys.
That's five more than they expected to find.
The Marianna reform school had a history of abuse.
University of South Florida researchers began surveying the graveyard of back in September.
Records showed 31 people were buried on the property, but researchers estimated there were at least 50 bodies buried in shallow graves.
Anthropologists plan to analyze the bones to determine how they died, identify them, and find their families.
Families of the young men who died at the school say the discovery could finally bring them peace.
"It would be the answer of many long years of hopes and prayers, yes, and it would give me a chance to, if I could get his remains to put him between my mother and daddy in their cemetery plot in Auberndale, and I feel like they would know he was there."
The school opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 for budgetary reasons.
Former inmates have been coming forward detailing beatings and abuse.