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State funds agreed upon for Dozier search

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

They had a plan, and now, it appears they'll have their funds.

The Florida House and Senate have agreed to provide $200,000 in funding to USF researchers who will exhume the remains of unmarked graves at the old Dozier School for Boys.

The school in Marianna has been a focus for lawmakers and researchers in recent months. State leaders want to know the truth about the mysterious deaths at the old reform school.

Former students claim the school's staff tortured some of the boys to death. The bodies are being exhumed to determine cause of death.

"We want to make sure that this is funded so that we can continue to go on with the investigations and really find out what happened – so we can bring closure to these families and closure to the situation for the state of Florida," Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, said.

Thirty-one crosses mark some of the grave sites, but the USF team has found at least 50 that are unmarked.

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