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USF researchers still want to exhume bodies

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University of South Florida researchers want to meet with state officials to explain why their request to exhume bodies should be granted.

7/10/2013 Related Story: USF professor submits more evidence for Dozier exhumation

Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday told USF his department doesn't have the authority to grant the request to exhume human remains on the site of a now-defunct reform school.

But in a statement released Tuesday USF officials said that the agency has "misunderstood" the law. USF released the statement after meeting with the office of Attorney General Pam Bondi.

USF said the remains are in danger of being destroyed.

3/12/2013 Related Story: Pam Bondi filed petition for Dozier School cemetery exhumation

USF researchers have verified the deaths of 2 adult staff members and 96 children between 1914 and 1973 at the Dozier School, located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee. At least 22 bodies remain unaccounted.

7/15/2013 Related Story: Florida denies Dozier exhumation

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