On September 8, it was reported by the New York City Chief Medical Examiner that they have identified the remains of two individuals who were victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. This announcement comes just before the 22nd anniversary of the tragic event, as stated by the New York mayor’s office.
In a press release issued on Friday, Mayor Eric Adams and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jason Graham of New York City revealed the identification of two victims from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
The mayor’s office explained that DNA analysis was used to make these identifications, but out of respect for the families’ wishes, the names of the man and woman are not being disclosed. They are now recognized as the 1,648th and 1,649th individuals to be identified by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) through advanced DNA testing of remains recovered from the attack that claimed the lives of 2,753 people.
The last time victims of the attacks were identified was in September 2021. Mayor Adams expressed his hope that these recent identifications will provide some comfort to the families of the victims. He also praised the unwavering commitment of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner to reunite all the World Trade Center victims with their loved ones.
Chief Medical Examiner Graham attributed these identifications to new scientific breakthroughs, emphasizing their dedication to using cutting-edge scientific advancements in the face of the monumental forensic investigation stemming from this historic tragedy.
The man’s remains were recovered in 2001, while the woman’s remains were found in 2001, 2006, and 2013.
According to the mayor’s office, there are still 1,104 victims who remain unidentified, accounting for approximately 40% of the total victims.