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20 Years Later, Two More Victims of 9/11 Attacks Identified

NEW YORK — The remains of two more 9/11 victims have been identified, thanks to advanced DNA technology, New York officials announced Tuesday, days before the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

The city’s chief medical examiner’s office said it had formally identified the 1,646th and 1,647th victims of al-Qaeda’s attacks on New York’s Twin Towers, which killed 2,753 people.

They are the first identified victims of the World Trade Center collapse since October 2019.

“Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of the victims of the World Trade Center to take as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identities, we will continue to fulfill that sacred obligation.” Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement.

He said, “No matter how much time has passed since September 11, 2001, we will never forget, and we pledge to use all the tools at our disposal to ensure that those who were lost, Let them be reunited with their families.”

The 1,646th victim was identified as Dorothy Morgan of Hampstead, Long Island. The examiner’s office said his identity was confirmed through DNA testing of the remains recovered in 2001.

The second identity was that of a person whose name is being concealed at the request of his family. His identity was confirmed by DNA testing of the remains recovered in 2001, 2002 and 2006, the statement said.

The medical examiner described the painstaking push to identify each victim as “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in United States history.”

The new identification was made possible by advances in DNA science, 20 years after the tragedy, the office said.

Its laboratory uses advanced testing to match the DNA fragments of victims to samples provided by relatives.

The medical examiner’s office said the recent adoption of next-generation DNA sequencing technology means there is potential for further detection.

Some 1,106 victims, or 40 percent of those who died, are unknown.

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