Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Refers Ridgewood Cemetery Conclusions to State Archaeologist
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2019) - The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner has concluded that human remains in a cemetery on the grounds of King High School were interred after determination of a "viable cause and manner of death," and that no further involvement by the ME's office is necessary.
Following requirements of Florida Statutes 872.05, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) notified the Medical Examiner that a geophysical investigation had identified 145 suspected graves on the King High School property. Following staff research into burial records and death certificates associated with Ridgewood Cemetery, Medical Examiner Dr. Kelly G. Devers concluded the remains "reached their final disposition after determination of a viable cause and manner of death, certified by the proper authority..." Further, she noted, "the layout of the 145 suspected graves…is consistent with what would be expected in a cemetery."
Devers sent her findings to Hillsborough County Commissioners and HCPS Superintendent Jeff Eakins today. Pursuant to F.S. 872.05, she has referred the matter to State Archaeologist Dr. Mary Glowacki for any action she deems appropriate.
Link to Medical Examiner's Conclusions