More bodies identified at notorious US reform school


Seven bodies have now been identified from 55 unmarked graves dotting the grounds of a reform school for boys in Florida closed in 2011 after former pupils reported decades of abuse, researchers said. The remains of another 14 bodies were “presumptive identifications,” according to a final report by University of South Florida (USF) anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle to be presented to state officials Thursday. Since 2012, scientists have worked on the site of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida where young, mostly black youths were often abused, raped and even murdered, according to former pupils. Kimmerle and her team have exhumed the remains of 51 bodies. The notorious reformatory opened in 1900 but was closed by officials after numerous complaints of mistreatment. The latest two youths identified were caucasians named as Loyd Dutton and Grady Huff, who died in 1918 and 1935 respectively, a USF statement said. They were able to positively identify seven of the bodies using DNA matches. Although the fieldwork has ended, Kimmerle will continue to liaise with authorities to try to identify more bodies using DNA. Researchers hope to locate surviving family members of the dead and to repatriate all the remains.