This Florida panhandle town is the home of a mystery that has been lost to time.
A small cemetery buried deep into the grounds of a now-defunct boys reform school dates back to the early 1900s. Rusting white steel crosses mark the graves of 31 unidentified former students.
Former students said the deaths were at the hands of abusive administrators, but a 2009 state investigation determined there was no evidence of criminal activity connected with any of the deaths or of abusive treatment.
But the investigation did not clear up the mystery over the fate of 50 other students who died at the school and whose bodies have not been accounted for.
In the wake of that investigation, more former students -- who are now senior citizens -- have come forward with stories of abuse at the school, including alleged beatings, killings and the disappearance of students, during the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
"These are children who came here and died, for one reason or another, and have just been lost in the woods," said Dr. Erin Kimmerle, an anthropologist from the University of South Florida who is leading a scientific search on the grounds of what used to be the Florida Industrial School for Boys.
Using ground-penetrating radar, Kimmerle's team has located what she says appear to be 18 more remains than previously thought to have been buried there. After clearing the area, her team has determined that a total of 49 graves exist. All are unidentified.
"We found burials within the current marked cemetery, and then we found burials that extend beyond that," Kimmerle said.
Regarding the missing boys, "for the majority, there's no record of what happened to them. So, they may be buried here, they may have been shipped to their families. But we don't know," she said.
State and school records show that out of nearly 100 children who died while at the school, there are no burial records for 22 of them, according to Kimmerle.
"When there's no knowledge and no information, then people will speculate and rumors will persist or questions remain," she said.
Kimmerle, who worked on an international forensics team that amassed evidence used in war crimes trials from the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, called the Florida project a humanitarian effort for the families of the former students and for the community.
"It's about restoring dignity," she said.
The team laid a grid using ground-penetrating radar to create a three-dimensional digital image of the area. They had to clear underbrush and trees when it became apparent the cemetery extended well beyond the small fenced area.
"We found numerous anomalies throughout," said Rich Estabrook, a public archaeologist working on the team. "Many of them tend to be in rows, and somewhat symmetrical."
The team believes these so-called "anomalies" are graves because they are lined up in east-west configurations, the traditional way Christians are buried. Exhumations will have to be requested by family members.
Adding to the mystery, Kimmerle's team has determined, based on reports from former workers and students, that another cemetery exists on the 1,400-acre property. Those graves could contain the bodies of black students, buried in a different area because of segregation.
The team has petitioned to search the area, and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has agreed to work with the researchers "on how best to provide them access to the site."
But they'll have to move quickly because the state is in the process of selling the entire property.
The mystery surrounding the graves first made headlines in 2008 when Florida's then-governor Charlie Crist ordered an investigation after a group of men, known as "the White House Boys," came forward with stories of how they were beaten with leather straps by school administrators inside a small, white building on school property.
Robert Straley, who spent about 10 months at the school in the 1960s for allegedly stealing a car, said he was taken to the "white house" on his very first day.
"I came out of there in shock, and when they hit you, you went down a foot into the bed, and so hard, I couldn't believe. I didn't know what they were hitting you with," said Straley.
Former school administrator Troy Tidwell, a one-armed man who some former students accused of beating them, has said that "spankings" took place at the school but denied anyone was ever beaten or killed.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's report, issued in 2009, accounted for the 31 boys buried in the cemetery. Although each individual plot cannot be identified, the report said many were killed in a 1914 fire at the facility, while others died in a 1918 flu outbreak. Two dogs and a peacock also are buried there.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement report said poorly kept school records prevented officials from determining what became of the other 50 students: whether they were buried on the grounds or sent home to their families. It said most died as a result of accidents or illness, though two were killed by other students and one was shot by a deputy sheriff trying to run away.