Monday, 23 October, 2017

World Trade Center Victim Identified Nearly 16 Years After 9/11 Terror Attacks

A white pigeon rests on the National September 11 Memorial North Pool Friday AP A white pigeon rests on the National September 11 Memorial North Pool Friday
Tracy Craig | 09 August, 2017, 00:23

The male victim, whose name was withheld per his family's request, is the first to be identified since 2015. He is the 1,641 victim of the 2,753 killed at the lower Manhattan site that day to be identified; 40 percent of those killed have not had their remains identified. The department was previously limited by current technology in its ability to test the samples.

There are 1,112 people who haven't been identified after they died the World Trade Center was hit by a plane and collapsed.

As DNA testing propelled, so has the multimillion-dollar push to interface more than 21,900 bits of stays to singular casualties.

Few full bodies were found in the aftermath of the attack, making it hard for authorities to identify victims.

This effort has not been simple as very few full bodies were recovered following the disaster.

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Most of the new testing has pointed toward already-identified victims of the terror attacks.

The process involves pulverising the fragments of remains to extract DNA, then comparing it to the collection of genetic material from victims or their relatives.

In some cases, scientists have re-examined the same bone fragment 10 or more times - hopeful that advancements in technology will provide answers.

More than 2,750 people were killed when two passenger jets destroyed the Twin Towers, the symbol of New York's financial wealth and confidence.

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