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September 11th: 40 percent of the victims still not identified

It’s been twenty years since Islamist terror brought down the World Trade Center. Still not all victims have been identified.

New York – Shortly before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, authorities identified two more deaths in New York. The city’s chief medical examiner announced Tuesday (9/7/2021) that it had identified victims number 1646 and 1647 of the attack on the World Trade Center. These are the first identifications of victims of the collapse of the Twin Towers since October 2019.

A total of 2,753 people died in the plane attacks in New York. Of these, 1106 people have not yet been identified – around 40 percent.

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“Twenty years ago we promised the families of the World Trade Center victims that we would do whatever it takes to identify their loved ones,” said senior medical examiner Barbara Sampson. “We promise to use all means at our disposal to ensure that all those who have been lost can be reunited with their families.”

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The 1646th victim was identified as Dorothy Morgan of Hempstead, Long Island. Her identity was confirmed by DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001. The other identification concerns a man whose name has not been given by his family at the request of his family.

The 20th Anniversary of 9/11: New Identifications 20 Years After the Event

The work of the New York coroners is, according to their own statements, “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in the history” of the USA. Accordingly, advances in DNA technology made the new identifications possible 20 years after the event. DNA fragments from victims are compared with samples from relatives. According to the coroners, further identifications are likely thanks to the new technology. (ktho / afp)

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