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Sen. Bill Nelson asks feds to investigate Panhandle reform school deaths, burials


MARIANNA, Florida — Sen. Bill Nelson has asked the Department of Justice to look into the deaths and burials of boys at a now-closed reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna.

In letters sent Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder and to President Obama's nominee to replace Holder, Loretta Lynch, Nelson asked the feds to include the reformatory deaths in its ongoing probe of inmate deaths at Florida prisons.

The letter comes on the heels of a report from anthropologists at the University of South Florida who unearthed the remains of 51 people who died at the Dozier School for Boys, 48 of them boy inmates. The Tampa Bay Times ( ) reports that's 20 more than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said were buried there after an investigation in 2009.

Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Florida),

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