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Researchers putting names to Dozier School remains
MARIANNA - Researchers are putting a face to remains buried at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna Florida.
In February, researchers with the University of South Florida discovered 55 bodies buried at the infamous reform school.
That's 24 more than what's on school records.
Now, some believe more remains will be found.
To date, all of the bodies USF researchers have uncovered at Dozier have been located near Boot Hill.
But during a briefing today Sen. Bill Nelson said given the school's 111-year history work in other areas of the Dozier property could unearth more startling discoveries.
"I think eventually they're going to find another cemetery, because back then they did not bury the two races together and so no telling what stories are going to unfold."
Dozier covers some 1400-acres and while USF researchers have used ground penetrating radar even cadaver dogs, the search for additional bodies is challenging.
"When you're looking for skeletal remains of children from years ago you could be next to it and miss it."
Based on skeletal remains already uncovered USF researchers today also released this sketch of what one of the boys they've exhumed likely looked like.
Plus, officials didn't rule out the possibility of asking for another permit to continue working at Dozier past August.
Officials are still looking for relatives of 36 boys known to have died at the school.
They want to track down family members for DNA testing so they can help positively identify some of the remains.