20 years after 9/11, work of identifying remains continues

Remembering 9/11

Dorothy Morgan was identified as the 1,646th victim of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. She was identified nearly two decades after the tragedy. (Credit: 9/11 Memorial & Museum)

NEW YORK (AP/WPIX) — New York City’s medical examiner’s office is continuing the difficult task of identifying remains recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Just days before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, officials say they have identified the remains of two more people.

Dorothy Morgan and an unidentified man, whose name is being withheld at the request of his family, are the 1,646th and 1,647th people to be identified through ongoing DNA analysis of unidentified remains recovered from the disaster, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner announced.

“Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of World Trade Center victims to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfill that sacred obligation,” said Dr. Barbara A. Sampson, Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. “No matter how much time passes since Sept. 11, 2001, we will never forget, and we pledge to use all the tools at our disposal to make sure all those who were lost can be reunited with their families.”

The two people identified are the first new identifications of World Trade Center victims since October 2019.

About 40% of those who died, or 1,106 victims, remain unidentified. 

Morgan’s identity was confirmed through DNA testing of the remains recovered in 2001. The identification of the unnamed man was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001, 2002 and 2006, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Officials are hopeful that recent advances will help identify more remains. But they acknowledge that some may never be identified.

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