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State Rejects Dozier Exhumation Request

Monday brought another speedbump in the exhumation of possible bodies at the Dozier School for Boys, as the permit sought to exhume bodies by the team of researchers from the University of South Florida was denied.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner sent a letter to USF officials on Monday telling them that the permit they sought from the Bureau of Archaeological Research had been denied. The Bureau of Archaeological Research operates under the Department of State. Detzner told the team of researchers he does not have the legal authority to grant the request, despite the fact that the land at the school is state-owned.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was highly critical of the rejection, calling it a "classic runaround."

The state's rejection is one of several that researchers have faced in 2013. Earlier this year, a circuit judge rejected Attorney General Pam Bondi's request to exhume bodies from the "Boot Hill Cemetery" area of the school.It is widely believed there are several bodies at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, which became infamous for its alleged torture, rape and possible murder of boys during its 111-year history.

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