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The Dozier saga


The Lost Bones

A two-part series

A special report by Ben Montgomery

Photography by Edmund D. Fountain

Illustrations by Cameron Cottrill

Part 1

Ground Truth

Part 2

Puzzle Pieces

For more than a century, boys were sent to the Florida School for Boys reformatory in the north Florida town of Marianna. Many were beaten brutally and bear the physical and psychological scars to this day. Many boys, though, never came home. They died, some under mysterious circumstances. They were buried in unmarked graves and they were forgotten. Several years ago, a young anthropology professor from the University of South Florida decided she would try to answer the many questions about what happened to these boys and, if she could, return their remains to their families. To get to the truth she would have to fight.


The search and recovery process

Grave Search and Recovery