9/11 Attacks: Twenty Years Later, Victims Still Being Identified

It may come as a surprise to learn that 20 years later, many of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, are still being identified.

According to media reports, the fires in the Twin Tower building (also known as the World Trade Center) were so horrific and the devastation was so massive that many of those killed could never be identified. Reports reveal that Dorothy Morgan, who worked as an insurance broker at the World Trade Center, has been missing since the day of the attack.

However, this week she has been identified as the 1,646th victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks while the same week an unidentified man turned out to be the 1,647th person to be positively identified using deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis.

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With the advancement of DNA technology and high-tech DNA testing, even tiny pieces of the bone can now help to identify who they are. Moreover, the city Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara A. Sampson said that remains of over 1,100 victims of the 9/11 attacks, around 40 per cent of those who lost their lives, are yet to be identified.

It is pertinent to mention here that 40% of the 2,753 deaths at New York’s Twin Tower building have not yet been identified. According to media reports, medical researchers are still examining 22,000 pieces of human remains to identify them.

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Dr. Sampson said: “Twenty years ago, We made a promise to the families of the victims twenty years ago to do whatever it takes and for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfil that sacred obligation.”

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