9/11 victim identified 16 years on

Posted August 09, 2017

The remains of a male victim of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City have been identified.

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Authorities in NY have identified the remains of a male victim of Al-Qaeda's September 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center - some 16 years later.

The man's identity was confirmed through DNA retesting.

The remains - usually bone fragments - of 1,641 of the 2,753 people known to have been killed have now been positively identified. The city says it is still working to identify the other 1,112 victims.

DNA has been the single largest method for identifying remains, while dental records, fingerprints and personal effects have been used to a lesser extent, according to figures released Monday by the medical examiner.

In 2013, authorities sifted through truckloads of debris unearthed by construction crews working on the rebuilding.

During that time, DNA technology has advanced alongside the multi-million dollar effort to try and connect 21,900 found pieces of remains to the lives they represent.

New, more sensitive DNA technology was deployed earlier this year and helped make the latest identification after earlier testing produced no results, the medical examiner's office said. Hardly any full bodies were recouped after the goliath towers consumed and fallen, and the impacts of warmth, microbes and chemicals, for example, stream fuel made it all the more hard to examine the remaining parts.

In New York City, the Twin Towers were hit, the structures engulfed in flames before eventually collapsing, killing more than 2,600 people.