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Remains of teen missing for decades ID'd at old reform school

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The boy’s remains were found in a hastily buried grave at a school where former students and families claim rampant child abuse occurred. (Source: WFLA/NBC) The boy’s remains were found in a hastily buried grave at a school where former students and families claim rampant child abuse occurred. (Source: WFLA/NBC)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA/NBC) - Researchers from the University of South Florida have positively identified remains of a teenager found at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL.

Owen Smith was 14 years old in 1940 when the school told his family that he ran away and was found dead under a house. The grave they were shown was unmarked, and his death was never registered.

Owen's remains were found in a hastily buried grave, USF said, and were positively identified by DNA match from his sister, Ovell Krell.

"I was totally dumbstruck," Krell said after learning her brother's remains had been identified after waiting for more than 73 years to find him.

Researchers from the USF have been working to identify remains found at the school where former students and families claim rampant child abuse occurred.

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