U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is calling for a federal investigation into allegations of past abuse and murder at the old Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
Nelson sent a letter to U-S Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday asking the Justice Department to join an expanded search for graves and other possible evidence.
This comes after University of South Florida anthropologists released a report Monday indicating they'd documented the deaths of two staffers and 96 Dozier students. They also claim they've found 50 gravesites on the Marianna campus, 19 more than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement identified in 2009. The FDLE also said it did not find evidence of any crimes or abuse.
A group of men, who were sent to the school in the 50's and 60's, claim they were tortured, and that classmates were murdered and buried in unmarked graves. The group calls themselves the White House Boys, after a small white building on-campus where the abuse allegedly took place.
The Florida Juvenile Justice Department closed Dozier last year for budgetary reasons.