August 25, 2016 | Updated at 10:15 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Graves Found at Reform School; 50 Unmarked Graves Discovered in Florida

50 unmarked graves were discovered at a reform school in Florida.

By Dexter Keyton, EnStars on Dec 11, 2012 05:25 PM EST
facebook tweet this pin it reddit plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
Graves Found at Reform School
A survey flag left by University of South Florida researchers is pictured at the cemetery of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, December 10, 2012. Investigators in Florida using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples said on Monday they had found at least 50 graves - 19 more than officially reported - on the grounds of a former state reform school for boys. (Photo : Reuters)

At least 50 graves were discovered on the grounds of a former boys' reform school in Florida.

Soil samples and data gathered from ground-penetrating radar have been analyzed by investigators who reported the news on Monday about the Dozier School in Marianna, Fla.

School records had reported that 31 boys were buried at the school, according to WMBB, and the original estimate of 19 unmarked graves found continued to grow as new evidence was discovered.

After several months of extensive field work, the research team was able to find a minimum of 50 grave shafts in the area of the cemetery and surrounding wooded area.

The investigators comprised of archeologists, anthropologists and forensic specialists have found additional grave shafts near the cemetery on the school grounds. The latest report was released to the state on Monday from the University of South Florida in Tampa, according to the Sun Sentinel.

The now abandoned school located on the state's panhandle has had many allegations of child abuse and deaths that surrounds the school which operated for over a 100 years.

Investigators first started looking into the site in 2011 by combing through state records and the school's records to try to solve a host of mysterious claims involving disappearances. It was discovered that the school misreported a number of occurrences including accidents and medical practices.

Researchers plan on returning to the school for possible exhumations in January. However, the investigators are trying to handle the operation as smoothly as possible by trying to work with the families involved.

"First and foremost to us are the rights of the families and people's rights to have justice and accountability for their families," said assistant anthropology professor Erin Kimmerle, as reported by Reuters.

The investigators hope to identify the bodies found and bring closure to the families of children.

© 2016 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Latest News

The 100

Can Roan Reign In The Ice Nation On The 100? Zach McGowan Explains

Can the Arkers and the Grounders pull together in the face of another nuclear apocalypse? Zach McGowan teases 'The 100' season 4.

Shadowhunters

Big Changes Coming For Magnus? Harry Shum Jr Teases Shadowhunters Season 2

What's next for Magnus Bane? Harry Show Jr dishes on season 2.

Killjoys

Is An Invasion Coming To The Quad? Aaron Ashmore Teases Killjoys Finale

Some larger plan is in motion on 'Killjoys,' but what is it? Aaron Ashmore teases "How to Kill Friends and Influence People."

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Serenades Sofia Richie on her Birthday After Hinting at Instagram Return

Justin Bieber celebrated Sofia Richie's 18th birthday with her in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Michael Phelps' Family

Michael Phelps has Purchased a new Home Months Before Marrying Nicole Johnson

Michael Phelps is living large in Arizona in a new $2.5 million home.

Real Time Analytics