This week’s University Beat on WUSF-TV takes you to a cemetery where a USF anthropologist is joined by a team of students in helping Saint Petersburg Police excavate a trio of long-buried bodies, which will hopefully finally give the families of these unnamed murder victims some sense of closure.
In an effort to find out the identities of three murder victims, including one who was killed over 40 years ago, the Saint Petersburg Police turn to forensic anthropologists from USF for help. This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 FM takes you to an excavation that will hopefully “warm up” these cold cases.
Richard Estabrook, Central Region Director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, talks about the excavation of the remains and the challenges the team faced.
Samantha Seasons, a USF Master’s student in Applied Anthropology, says she gets a lot out of taking part in projects like the excavation.
Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week
Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.