Radar Finds 145 Graves Buried Beneath Tampa Area High School

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  • It’s the second lost cemetery discovered this year in the Tampa area.

School officials say ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the ground of a high school in Florida’s Tampa Bay area.

Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said Wednesday that graves are located 3-feet to 5-feet beneath portions of Tampa’s King High School.

The Tampa Bay Times reports school district officials learned in October that the mid-20th century Ridgewood Cemetery for the indigent and unknown was located on property later used to build the school.

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Radar has been used to search for some of the 250 people buried in Ridgewood. The newspaper says records show part of the cemetery was on land now occupied by the school’s gym and the main parking area.

It’s the second lost cemetery discovered this year in the Tampa area.

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