City Medical Examiner identifies another 9/11 victim

Ellen Mills
August 9, 2017

The remains of a male victim of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City have been identified.


Before this latest victim, the last time a new identification was made was in March 2015.

A victim of the 9/11 attacks has been identified, almost 16 years later, medical examiners said.

The man - whose name has been withheld by U.S. officials at the request of his family - is the first victim to be identified since March 2015, more than two years ago.

The man's identity was confirmed through DNA retesting.

Forensic experts have said over the years that more identifications are expected as DNA technology evolves, although the pace has been slow.

This office uses DNA testing and other means to identify bone fragments and this discovery is added to the 2,753 people who were killed when hijackers forced airplanes to crash into the twin towers on 11 September 2001.

However, during this time, DNA technology has advanced alongside the multi-million dollar effort to try and connect 21,900 found pieces of remains to the lives they represent.

In 2013, authorities sifted through truckloads of debris unearthed by construction crews working on the rebuilding.

Few full bodies were recovered after the twin towers burned and collapsed, with the effects of heat, bacteria and chemicals such as jet fuel making it hard to analyse the remains. Possible remains of more than 20 victims were recovered.

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