Nelson seeks money to investigate reform school

Published On: Mar 27 2013 12:31:57 PM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he is seeking part of a $3 million federal grant to help identify buried remains at a defunct boys' reform school in the Florida Panhandle.

The Florida Democrat spoke at a news conference Wednesday. The grant money is meant for exhuming bodies and identifying them through DNA.

University of South Florida anthropologists have previously said they found 50 gravesites on the grounds of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. The anthropologists say additional research will turn up more gravesites.

Former students have alleged that physical and sexual abuse and even wrongful deaths occurred at the school. It opened in 1900 and closed in 2011.