Identity of two 9/11 victims confirmed by New York medical examiner
A few days before the 20th anniversary of September 11, New York City’s chief medical examiner has identified two other victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
Chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement Tuesday that Dorothy Morgan and a man whose identity is withheld at her family’s request are the 1,646th and 1,647th confirmed deaths from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Both deaths were confirmed by DNA analysis of remains recovered from the site. Morgan’s DNA comes from remains found in 2001, while DNA from the unidentified man has been confirmed from remains found in 2001, 2002 and 2006.
The New York Times reported Morgan worked for an insurance company on the 94th floor of the North Tower, the first building hit in the attack.
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The confirmed deaths of Morgan and the unnamed man are the first victims since October 2019 to be identified in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks that left 2,753 dead. However, around 1,106 people, or 40% of the victims, have not yet been identified.
“Twenty years ago, we promised 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 this sacred obligation. Sampson said. “No matter how much time has passed since September 11, 2001, we will never forget it, and we are committed to using all the tools at our disposal to ensure that all those who have been lost can be reunited with their families.”
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The medical examiner’s office hopes that new DNA technology developed by the U.S. military will uncover more identities.
Mark Desire, deputy director of the office’s forensic biology department and director of the World Trade Center DNA identification team, said the new technology is being used “out of necessity to perform more identifications.”
“The commitment is as strong today as it was in 2001,” he said.
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