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Authorities find no human remains in first phase of Dozier investigation

Posted at 11:47 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 11:53:55-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Authorities say they found no human remains during the first stage of their investigation of the 27 anomalies found near the Dozier School for Boys.

According to the Florida Department of State and USF researchers, the first phase of the investigation of the anomalies revealed mostly evidence of tree roots from a previously removed pine tree forest.

Officials say the second phase of the investigation will proceed with a final analysis of the entire property using Lidar technology to determine if there are other areas requiring further investigation.

“I am grateful that Dr. Kimmerle and her team were able to quickly determine that no human remains are present at the site near the Dozier School for Boys where the 27 anomalies were identified,” said Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “The Department is committed to seeing the entirety of the investigation through.”

During the investigation, Dr. Kimmerle and her team used many of the same methods and processes as they did during the prior investigation at Boot Hill Cemetery, including the removal of top soil through mechanical stripping, hand excavation of potential anomalies and some additional ground penetrating radar.

“While the recently reported anomalies were found using remote sensing technology above the ground, we were able to look below the surface and clearly determine no graves or human remains are present,” said Dr. Kimmerle. “Studying this area of the property was an important step for us to be able to answer the questions that had been raised.”

Authorities say they will continue to communicate important updates or discoveries throughout the remaining of the investigation.