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Wet grounds slowing work at Dozier

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 Wet grounds are slowing the exhumation of bones found at an old boys school in the Florida panhandle.

University of South Florida researcher Erin Kimmerle tells News Channel 8 recent rains and a chance for more of it this afternoon could potentially delay progress at the closed Dozier School for Boys about an hour west of Tallahassee.

Still, she and the 20 volunteers from from the Tampa Bay area are slowly working into the subsoil and could finish exhuming the first set of remains they found by this evening.

On Saturday they discovered pieces of a coffin and later unearthed the first human remains in an unmarked grave.

Brass pins near the bones tell researchers the person was probably buried in a shroud, likely in the 1920s and 30s.

Researchers will take those remains to labs at USF for analysis so they can determine age, sex, and potentially how the person died.

Currently, researchers are exploring 3 different grave shafts in the woods near the old Boot Hill Cemetery. Thirty-one crosses mark graves here but ground penetrating radar makes anthropologists believe there could be as many as 50 more sets of bones here.

Tonight on News Channel 8: Learn why some Tampa Bay detectives are also on scene and hear the first accounts of the youngest researchers sifting through soil at Dozier.

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