The remains of two more victims of Sept. 11, 2001, have been identified, just shy of the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The city of New York announced yesterday, Sept. 8, that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has positively identified the remains of two new victims—the first successful identification of someone who perished at the World Trade Center in two years.
According to ABC News, the families of both victims have requested that their identities remain private, but they mark the 1,648th and 1,649th victims to be identified.
In Sept. of 2021, Dorothy Morgan became the 1,646th victim to be identified, while a man whose identity was also kept private was the 1,647th. As 2,753 people were killed when the Twin Towers collapsed, that leaves 1,104 people—or 40 percent of the victims—unidentified.
New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jason Graham’s office is committed to the task, vowing to keep testing the unidentified victims’ remains as DNA technology continues to improve.
“Faced with the largest and most complex forensic investigation in the history of our country, we stand undaunted in our mission to use the latest advances in science to serve this promise,” he said.
Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City, also offered a statement, noting, “We hope these new identifications can bring some measure of comfort to the families of these victims, and the ongoing efforts by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner attest to the city’s unwavering commitment to reunite all the World Trade Center victims with their loved ones.”
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