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Researchers release composite sketch of boy buried at Dozier

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A just-released composite is our first look at one of the boys buried at Dozier.

It was made from the remains found at an unmarked grave.

Dr. Erin Kimmerle, who heads up the USF research team, says he is an African-American child, about 10 years old.

"We don't know how he died, but there are clues of how he lived. We've seen some examples of nutritional stress and health indicators sometimes you see associated with poverty," Kimmerle said.

The stories of abuse and torture at the Dozier School for Boys have been buried for decades. Those secrets are slowly emerging from the graves.

But Kimmerle says it hasn't been easy.

"When you're looking at skeletal remains from years ago, you could be next to it and miss it," Kimmerle said.

In February, investigators with USF discovered 55 bodies at Dozier -- 24 more than the official count that was documented in state records.

Researchers hope to collect DNA from relatives to match them to the bodies exhumed.

Senator Bill Nelson says the families of those who died here deserve to know what happened.

"We owe it to the families to get to the bottom of this so they can have closure on what happened to their loved ones," Nelson said.

Kimmerle says hi-tech X-ray equipment is helping them pinpoint the ages of the boys through dental analysis.

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