Two more victims killed in the New York attacks have been officially identified, thanks to new DNA sequencing technology.
The New York Forensic Institute identified the 1646th and 1647th people who lost their lives in the World Trade Center.
In total, 2,753 people died after an al-Qaeda commando threw two airliners into Manhattan’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Among them, 1,106 people have yet to be identified, some 40% of those who died in New York. “Twenty years ago, we promised the families of WTC victims that we would do whatever we could – however long it takes – to identify their loved ones. With these two new identifications, we continue to meet our imperative obligations “, wrote New York Forensic Institute chief Barbara Sampson.
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The first was a woman, Dorothy Morgan, who lives on Long Island and whose remains, found in 2001, were subjected to DNA testing. The second victim was a man whose remains were found in 2001, 2002 and 2006, but whose identity will remain secret at the request of his family.
For Ms. Sampson, the process and techniques that have been in place over the past two decades to identify every victim at the World Trade Center represent “The largest and most complex forensic investigation in US history. It was made possible, in part, by new, so-called next-generation DNA sequencing technology., according to the New York Forensic Institute.
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