Glen Varnadoe

USF News

After identifying the remains of another boy, University of South Florida researchers are continuing to look into finding answers for families looking for their loved ones buried on the grounds of the Dozier School for boys. Researchers say they’re doing the finishing touches on their work surrounding the North Florida reform school with a troubled past.

Aimee Blodgett / USF News

University of South Florida researchers have now identified two more sets of remains of the boys buried on the Panhandle property of the now defunct Dozier School for Boys. While one boy is the first black student identified, another belongs to the family that helped spark renewed interest into finding answers about what happened at the Marianna school surrounded by a history of alleged abuse.

Michael Dye / University of South Florida

The recent ID of the first set of remains of a boy buried on the property of the now-closed Dozier School for Boys in Marianna has helped bring one family closer to closure—some 70 years after the death. And, it’s also helping to keep hope alive for other families awaiting similar answers.

“Ordinarily anybody who knows me, knows I’m never at a shortage to talk. But, I have to say that when Erin [Kimmerle] came to visit me and she revealed to me that they had found my brother, I was totally dumbstruck, said Ovell Krell.

Edmund D. Fountain / Tampa Bay Times

There are at least ten families awaiting the return of their loved ones’ remains from the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. They’re hoping researchers who spent last weekend at the school can match DNA samples they’ve provided to DNA found at the site. It’s the latest step in closing what, for some, has been a decades-long mystery.

University of South Florida researchers are set to come back later this fall to continue exhuming the remains of the buried boys at the now-closed Marianna school.

University of South Florida

Researchers are expected to start digging up the bodies buried on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys at the end of the week.  Several families have been waiting years to get closure about their loved ones believed to have died from abuse at the now-closed reform school.