It was in a building, known as the White House at the Dozier School for Boys, where beatings were routine. A known grave-site nearby contains nearly 30 bodies, but forensic anthropologists from the University of South Florida believe there may be many more.
"Every family that we have talked to has been very supportive. Happy that this work is going on willing to give DNA sample, but with nearly you know a hundred names it is a time consuming process," said Dr. Erin Kimmerle, Ph.D.
U. S. Senator Bill Nelson became interested in the case after being contacted by the nephew of one of the missing.
"First thing is to get to the truth. The second thing is to bring to justice if crimes have been committed," said Nelson.
As much as 200,000 dollars is in the proposed state budget. The money would fund the exhumation.
When these bodies can start being exhumed is in the hands of Panhandle judge but that order could come as early as next week.
Coroners will be able to tell if the boys were killed or died of other causes, but whatever the causes, criminal charges are unlikely.
"There're only one or two guards, people who worked here who are still living and they're so far advanced in age that I'm not sure prosecutions would be very beneficial," said State Attorney Glenn Hess.
The infamous school is now closed, a relic of a bygone era but pursuing the truth say researchers will bring closure to the families.
Researchers are in the process of contacting family members of suspected missing boys trying to build a DNA profile to help identify the bodies.