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K9 search begins at Florida School for Boys in Okeechobee

By Brian Entin

OKEECHOBEE, FL (WFLX) - Update: Detectives say they have covered two of four areas of interest with no positive alerts from cadaver dogs.

Previously: Six cadaver dog teams started their search at the old Florida School for Boys in Okeechobee Tuesday morning. The search dogs are looking for buried bodies on the old reform school campus.

According to Captain John Rhoden, with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, four specific areas will be searched including the old dairy barn area, a cattle barn area, a sewage plant area, and a maintenance barn.

Rhoden says they are aware of one boy who went missing from the school in the 1960s and was never located. Investigators say they have that boy's name, but are not releasing it.

Rhoden says they are reviewing old documents and ledgers from the school, and there are many discrepancies in the documents.

Numerous former students say they remember unmarked graves on the campus.

When investigators searched Okeechobee's sister campus in Marianna, they found nearly 50 bodies.

Six staff members from the Marianna campus transferred to the Okeechobee campus in the late 50s and early 60s.

Dogs will likely search until 3 p.m. Tuesday. The captain says if they alert on a certain location, it will be checked.

The search is expected to last until Thursday.

An update from the Sheriff's Office is expected Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Brian Entin is on location. Scroll down for his Twitter feed.

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