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Nelson demands DOJ assistance in Dozier investigation

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MARIANNA, Fla. (FOX 13) -

After the discovery of even more graves at the Dozier School for Boys, Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice gets involved.

Nelson wants the DOJ to step in and help investigate what has become an ugly part of Florida's past, calling for aid after University of South Florida researchers uncovered more graves at the old school site in Marianna.

"The reform school may yield some ugly reminders about our past, but we absolutely must get to the bottom of this," Nelson said.

Nelson has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking them to assist USF anthropologists to look for more graves and find any forensic evidence of possible crimes.

"Earlier this week University of South Florida researchers released a report saying they've found evidence of 50 gravesites and almost 100 deaths at the now-defunct Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida," Nelson wrote. "I am writing to ask that the Justice Department assist USF researchers when they return to the site in January."

The researchers found more deaths than what the state found in its investigation in 2009, and they believe there may be another cemetery on the grounds.

"For the sake of those who died and the family members still living, we've got to find out what happened at that school," Nelson wrote to Holder.

The letter continued: "The families deserve closure once and for all."

USF researchers will go back to Marianna in January, but right now, they only have access to the land until February. That's when a court order expires and the land is supposed to be sold.

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