TAMPA, FL (WFTS/CNN) – He mysteriously died in 1941 while in the care of a state-run Florida boy’s school, and when his family came to collect his remains, they were led to an unmarked and shallow grave.
Now, after years of digging on the property, anthropologists have identified the body of George Owen Smith and unearthed the remains 54 other children who somehow died at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in 1940.
“On July 21, we received the first DNA match between a 15-year-old child and his sibling. That sibling is 86-year-old Ovell Krell, who was matched to her brother, George Owen Smith,” said Erin Kimmerle, University of South Florida forensic anthropologist.
Investigators hope to use DNA collected from people who had relatives at the school to identify the other 54 remains found on the property.
It’s not clear how the children died.
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