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Researchers to use new technology to continue looking for bodies at Dozier School

Posted at 6:30 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 18:30:12-04

MARIANNA, Fla. — The search will go on. That's the message Monday from researchers and representatives from both the University of South Florida and Florida Department of State.

The group says it will keep searching for possible grave sites at the former Dozier School for Boys site in Marianna.

They are going to use a method that may sound familiar. They will use Lidar Technology to locate the possible grave sites.

We spoke to one of the men who went to the Dozier School for Boys, and he says finding those sites would bring justice to all the victim's families.

"I was there on the site back in 1961 and there was a graveyard. I saw that grave yard everyday," said Charles Fudge, Vice President of the Official White House Boys.

Fudge is one of many who are hope that the new plan to find possible graves at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna is successful.

"My hopes is that they will find it and do the same thing to those boys that they did there and give them a proper burial and release them from the bad things that happened there in their life's in that institution," said Fudge.

The plan is to use Lidar Technology, a sort of laser that uses light to reflect it's target image, to scan the nearly 1,400 acre grounds of the school.

"I think it will give a more complete picture than what we have today but it's also important to know where it might work and what some of those challenges are," said Dr. Erin Kimmerle, lead researcher.

Challenges that lead researcher Dr. Kimmerle is referring to is that Lidar works best in an open field. The Dozier grounds though are mostly wooded.

"I'm concerned that they don't have the same Lidar that our US Navy has that can see through trees and see through concrete and that is the kind of Lidar that I hope for," said Fudge.

Even with challenges that are ahead, those who attended the Dozier School for Boys say it's encouraging to see resources dedicated to find the missing grave sites.

"It gives me hope, great hope that our state is going to make things right for the whole world to see and find any additional grave sites that may be on that property," said Fudge.

Researchers plan on starting the Lidar Technology sometime next month.