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State 'Doesn't Have Authority' To Exhume Human Remains At Dozier

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By Julie Montanaro
July 15, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Florida's Secretary of State in a letter to USF researchers, said the Department does not have the statutory authority to grant a permit excavating human remains from Boot Hill Cemetery at the former Dozier School for Boys.

Researchers at the University of South Florida had requested a permit to dig up remains there.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state's Bureau of Archeological Research does not have the authority to do that. Detzner says its permits are restricted to the recovery of objects of historic or archeological value-- not human remains.

The graves at the now-closed reform school are not marked by name, only by randomly placed crosses at Boot Hill cemetery.
A judge has already refused the medical examiner's request to exhume the bodies.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is using Twitter to call on Florida's governor to intervene. He tweeted "Too many children unaccounted for at Dozier. Families have a right to know. If the gov. really wanted to do something about it, he could."

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