UPDATE: Identification Process in Dozier School Excavation Will Take Months

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A researcher from the University of South Florida says a team of forensic experts are using DNA, skeletal analysis and digital x-rays to identify the remains from a former Panhandle reform school.

Erin Kimmerle said Tuesday during a meeting with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that it will take months to extract and analyze the DNA from the 55 people exhumed from the graves at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. Hillsborough County deputies are looking for relatives of the boys that were known to have been buried at the school.

Some former students have accused employees and guards at the school of physical and sexual abuse, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded after an investigation that it couldn't substantiate or dispute the claims.

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TAMPA , Fla. (AP) -- Researchers from the University of South Florida will meet with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to discuss the excavation of the graveyard at a former reform school on the Panhandle.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at Nelson's Tampa office.
According to Nelson, the researchers will share what they have found at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

The USF researchers will also talk about information on DNA testing. They will also reveal the first facial composite of one of the sets of remains excavated from the site.

Some former students from the 1950s and 1960s have accused employees and guards at the school of physical and sexual abuse, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded after an investigation that it couldn't substantiate or dispute the claims.


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