Dozier Update

Robert Stephens, nephew of the young man of the same name buried at the Dozier School for Boys in 1937, speaks as USF anthropologist Erin Kimmerle looks on.
Dozier Update

Allegations of abuse, along with mysterious student deaths, haunted the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida panhandle for decades.
For the last few years, we’ve been telling you how researchers from the University of South Florida have been investigating the now closed reform school, with a particular emphasis on an unmarked graveyard that held the bodies of 55 students. The remains of one of those students has recently been identified, and a family member named after that man shared his story with us. We have that, along with an update on other details of the Dozier investigation, on University Beat on WUSF 89.7.

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Dozier School Families Provide DNA Samples

In this 2013 report, Robert Stephens submits a DNA sample, which later leads to the identification & recovery of the remains of his uncle, also named Robert Stephens.

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Erin Kimmerle, USF Assoc. Professor of Forensic Anthropology

WUSF News article updating the investigation.

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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017. In addition to serving as a producer, reporter, host and assistant news director, he serves as Intern Coordinator for WUSF News. Mark has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Telecommunications/Radio in 1994.

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