NEW YORK-New York City announced on Tuesday that in the days leading up to the September 11th attack, two other victims who were killed in the New York attack had been officially identified due to the use of new DNA sequencing technology.
The director of the New York Institute of Forensic Medicine said in a statement that her laboratory has identified the 1,646th and 1,647th persons killed in the World Trade Center.
On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda’s attack on the Twin Towers in New York City killed 2,753 people.
Among them, 1,106 have not yet been determined, accounting for about 40% of the death toll in New York.
“Twenty years ago, we promised to the families of the victims of the World Trade Center that we will do our best-no matter how long it takes-to identify their relatives. With these two new identifications, we will continue to fulfill Our urgent obligation,” New Zealand wrote. Barbara Sampson, director of the York Institute of Forensic Medicine.
Among the confirmed victims was a woman named Dorothy Morgan who lived on Long Island. Her body was found in 2001 and underwent a DNA test. The second victim was a man whose body was found in 2001, 2002 and 2006, but at the request of his family, his identity will be kept confidential.
For Sampson, the process and technology of identifying every victim at the World Trade Center in the past two decades represents “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in American history.”
According to the New York Institute of Forensic Medicine, this is due to a new technology called a new generation of DNA sequencing.
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