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TAMPA, Florida (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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