The police confirmed that the remains of 82 children were discovered at the Dozier School for Boys in Florida. Their bodies were physically tortured and sexually abused.
The Miami Herald reported that the Department of Environmental Protection workers made the discovery as they were preparing to clean up fuel storage 500 feet adjacent to Boot Hill Cemetery.
In late March workers found 27 additional human graves near the reform school shuttered in 2011, where children were believed to have been locked in chains, beaten and raped.
Anomalies consistent with possible graves’ were uncovered at the site of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle city of Marianna.
The discovery would put the estimated number of bodies buried at the site at 82.
The largest grave site already known is on the north-side of the campus, where African-American boys were buried when the school was segregated.
It is at this site where 31 graves are marked with white crosses, but researchers said they believed they do not correspond with actual burial sites.
State officials have for years insisted that 31 boys were interred in the tiny cemetery.
But using high-tech search equipment, forensic scientists have already found evidence of more bodies buried under the site.
The University of South Florida in Tampa said in 2012 they found evidence of at least 50 graves on the school’s property after using ground-penetrating radar and soil samples.
A 2009 investigation report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), found that there were 81 school-related deaths of students from 1911 to 1973.
But another investigation in 2012, by the University of Florida tea, found as many as 98 deaths at the school from 1914-1973 – including two staff members who perished in the 1914 fire.
Some of the bodies were thought to have been shipped home to families but many were buried around the area. However, overgrowth on the grounds has hindered researchers from full searches.
Dozier’s own records show that more than 50 children were buried on the grounds, while more than 30 other bodies were sent elsewhere to be buried.
But the school failed to record burial locations for 22 other children who researchers learned died on the site, the Miami Herald reported in 2012.
Former students spoke out several years ago with horror stories of sexual abuse and frequent beatings in the White House, at the school.
Dozier School was closed in June 2011 by the Department of Juvenile Justice after a years-long controversy over widespread physical and sexual abuse.
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