2 More 9/11 Victims Identified Through Ongoing DNA Analysis

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NEW YORK CITY, NY — Four days before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, two more victims of the World Trade Center attack in 2001 were identified through ongoing DNA analysis.

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner announced Tuesday Dorothy Morgan, who lived in Hempstead, and a man whose name is being withheld at the request of the family, as the 1,646th and 1,647th victims to be identified through DNA analysis of unidentified remains recovered from the attack that killed 2,753 people.

The pair are the first new identifications of World Trade victims since October 2019.

“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, in a news release.

Morgan was identified through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001, and the identification of the unnamed man was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001, 2002, and 2006.

There are still around 1,106 victims, 40 percent of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, who remain unidentified.

“We continue to push the science out of necessity to make more identifications,” said Mark Desire, assistant director of the OCME Department of Forensic Biology and manager of the World Trade Center DNA Identification Team, in a news release. “The commitment today is as strong as it was in 2001.”

You can read more about the two new identifications on the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner’s website.