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Florida Quietly Launched New Probe Into Dozier School

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Tampa Bay Times
In this file photo from August 2013, USF investigators conduct exhumation work in a cemetery on the Marianna, FL, campus of the Dozier School for Boys.

Florida investigators over the last two years quietly launched new probes into murder and sexual abuse allegations associated with a shuttered Panhandle reform school.

But State Attorney Glenn Hess in late May concluded there wasn't any way to prosecute any alleged crimes because either there was not enough evidence or that too much time had passed to charge anyone.

The Associated Press on Wednesday obtained a copy of Hess's letter explaining to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement why the cases could not move forward. Reports summarizing the investigations were also released.

The existence of the investigation was disclosed during the first meeting of a task force charged with dealing with the legacy of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, located 60 miles west of Tallahassee.

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