World Trade Centre attack victim's remains identified 16 years after terror attack

Kristen Gonzales
August 9, 2017

The man, whose identity and address are being kept confidential at the request of his family, was identified through retesting of DNA from remains recovered in 2001, according to a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office. That means 40 percent of those who died that day have yet to have any remains identified.

A victim of the 9/11 attacks has been identified, almost 16 years later, medical examiners said. The department was previously limited by current technology in its ability to test the samples. Families of those individuals have had no choice but to wait and hope that a discovery might be made so that they can bury their loved ones, and attempt to find some closure more than a decade and a half after the devastating attacks.

This effort has not been simple as very few full bodies were recovered following the disaster. Investigators started using new, more successful DNA technology earlier this year to identify them.

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Nearly 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, another family has been given the news that the remains of their loved one have been identified.

The process involves pulverising the fragments of remains to extract DNA, then comparing it to the collection of genetic material from victims or their relatives.

In total, the four coordinated September 11 terror attacks killed 2,996 people in NY, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and left thousands more injured.

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