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Univ. of South Florida researchers said they identified George Owen Smith as the first of 55 bodies they exhumed from the ...
grounds of the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. Smith was identified using DNA from his sister, Ovell Krell. (Aug. 8)
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SHOTLIST:AP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLYMarianna, Florida - July 13, 20111. Still of gate with 'no trespassing' sign blocking entrance to schoolUNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA HANDOUT - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDATampa, Florida - Date Unknown2. Various of researchers digging up graveyard at Arthur G. Dozier School for BoysAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYTampa, Florida - 7 August 20143. Closeup of picture of Owen Smith AP IMAGES - AP CLIENTS ONLYMarianna, Florida - March 27, 20144. Crosses marking graves at schoolUNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA HANDOUT - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDATampa, Florida - Date Unknown5. Various of researchers digging up graveyard at Arthur G. Dozier School for BoysAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Tampa, Florida - August 7, 20146. SOUNDBITE (English) Ovell Krell, sister of identified boy:"this is closure and the release of a lot of heartache and hoping -- you just never know how long and it's been a long journey for me but it's been worth every bit of it."UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA HANDOUT - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDATampa, Florida - Date Unknown4. Various still photos of researchers going through graveyardAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Tampa, Florida - August 7, 20145. SOUNDBITE (English) Ovell Krell, sister of identified boy:"They asked me, both of them died at different times, 20 years apart, but they asked me on their death beds since I was the oldest, would I continue looking for him. And I did. I did." UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA HANDOUT - COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDATampa, Florida - Date Unknown6. Various of researchers digging up graveyard at Arthur G. Dozier School for BoysVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:BEHIND THE SEALED GATES OF FLORIDA'S FORMER 'ARTHUR G-DOZIER BOYS SCHOOL'.. RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY DOZENS OF BODIES.. FOUND IN AN UNMARKED BURIAL SITE.NOW.. THE FIRST SET OF REMAINS HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED.14-YEAR-OLD OWEN SMITH DIED IN 19-40 -- AT THE TIME.. SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TOLD HIS MOTHER HE WAS FOUND DEAD UNDER A HOUSE.HE WAS BURIED BEHIND THE SCHOOL WITHOUT A PROPER FUNERAL -- HIS MOTHER NEVER BELIEVED THE STORY.SOUNDBITE (English) Ovell Krell, sister of identified boy:"It is the answer to my family's prayer that we can take him back, put him with my parents, and maybe we can all get some peace and closure. I'm sure we'll never know how he died, or exactly when he died, but at least we do now know that he's dead." UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA RESEARCHERS COULD NOT DETERMINE HOW SMITH DIED.BUT SAID HE WAS HASTILY BURIED IN A TWO-FOOT GRAVE, LYING ON HIS SIDE WITH HIS HANDS OVER HIS HEAD, WITH ONLY A SHROUD COVERING HIM. SMITH'S SISTER SAYS HE WILL SOON BE REBURIED NEXT TO HIS MOTHER AND FATHER IN CENTRAL FLORIDA.SOUNDBITE (English) Ovell Krell, sister of identified boy:"They asked me, both of them died at different times, 20 years apart, but they asked me on their death beds since I was the oldest, would I continue looking for him. And I did." RESEARCHERS SPENT FOUR MONTHS LAST YEAR EXCAVATING THE SCHOOL'S GRAVEYARD -- EXHUMING A TOTAL OF 55 BODIES -- *OFFICIAL* SCHOOL RECORDS INDICATED THERE WERE ONLY 31.THEY ARE WORKING TO IDENTIFY MORE OF THE BODIES -- WITH THE HOPES OF REUNITING THEM WITH THEIR FAMLIES.ROBERT BUMSTED.. ASSOCIATED PRESS.