Remains of 9/11 victim identified 16 years after terror attacks

Medical examiners have identified the remains of a man who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11 – 16 years after the terror attacks took place.

This is the first new identification made by scientists since March 2015, in what has become a painstaking and ongoing effort to offer closure to families.

At the request of his relatives, the man’s name has not been publicly released.

Of the 2,753 people killed by hijackers who crashed planes into the twin towers on 11 September 2001, more than 1,100 are yet to have any remains identified.

The New York City medical examiner’s office has begun to use new, more sensitive DNA technology in its attempt to connect more than 21,900 fragments to victims.

Few full bodies were recovered after the giant skyscrapers burned and collapsed – and the effects of heat, bacteria and chemicals have made it difficult to analyse remains.

A man lays a flower on a monument engraved with names of victims of the September 11th attacks, during a memorial event marking the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S., at the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTSN7KW


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