TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - For the past year, USF researchers have spent weeks at the old Dozier School for Boys in the Panhandle town of Marianna.
They used ground penetrating radar and other technology to map the grounds. They discovered 50 possible burial shafts.
Saturday, ater overcoming legal obstacles, the team will begin digging into those shafts, removing remains for identification and to determine a cause of death.
Dr. Erin Kimmerle says it's an exhumation process that is expected to take a few days.
There have been accounts of torture and abuse at the former boys reform school and many boys who attended over the past century disappeared or died of unknown causes.
Relatives of those boys will be on site this weekend, hoping for closure.
Kimmerle says it'll take weeks--maybe most of the year to determine the identiy of the remains and determine what happened to those boys.