USF researchers submit additional info on Dozier school

Dozier school for boys
Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 10, 2013
and last updated 2014-05-21 17:38:08-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Researchers at the University of South Florida have submitted additional information to the Florida Department of State as part of the school's application to exhume bodies at the now-defunct Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

The 15-page letter was in response to a request from the Florida Department of State — which controls the property — asking for detailed information in order to evaluate a pending permit application for the exhumation on the property.

USF researchers have verified the deaths of two adult staff members and 96 children between 1914 and 1973 at the Dozier School.

Researchers are also taking DNA from several family members of boys believed to have been buried at the school; the families want to rebury the remains once they are recovered.