A person wearing a raincoat visits the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan, New York, September 9 – Photo: REUTERS
Follow Washington Post, about 40% (more than 1,000 people) of those who died in 9/11 have not been identified.
As the United States is about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the tragedy (September 11, 2001 – September 11, 2021), on September 7, the New York City Medical Office announced that it had just identified the victim. Two people died that day.
“Twenty years ago, we promised the families of the World Trade Center victims that we would do everything we can to identify their loved ones. With two newly identified people, we continue to do so. this sacred duty,” said Barbara A. Sampson, New York’s chief medical officer.
The researchers hope the new DNA technique will help them identify the remaining victims. “New DNA sequencing technology is more sensitive, promising identity verification in more cases,” the New York Medical Office said in a statement.
Dorothy Morgan, a resident of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, is the 1,646th person to be identified. The family of the second person has asked to remain anonymous.
Ms. Morgan’s daughter, Nykiah Morgan, told NBC that even though she knew her mother was gone, she was shocked to learn that authorities had found her.
A part of Morgan still hopes her mother is out there somewhere, “living a completely different and happy life”.
Dorothy Morgan works for Marsh & McLennan Insurance Company. If still alive, Mrs. Morgan is 67 years old. Her name is engraved on the 9/11 memorial in New York City.
Authorities identified Morgan after examining the remains found in 2001.
New gene-sequencing technology allows authorities to examine remains that were previously thought to have been destroyed to the point of no longer being useful.
Initially, scientists had more than 22,000 sets of remains to examine, ranging from intact sets to small fragments of bones.
The victims’ families provided about 17,000 DNA samples as a comparison reference, including toothbrushes, razors or saliva samples of brothers or children in the house.
On September 8, researchers said there were about 30 sets of remains whose DNA did not match any of the reference DNA samples.
“At the moment, we have no way of identifying those people,” said DNA scientist Carl Gajewski.
According to Mr. Carl, the reason may be because many families do not provide DNA samples for comparison. In addition, some families have also asked not to be contacted if their loved one is identified.
The 9/11 National Memorial Complex still maintains a repository of unidentified and unclaimed remains.
The New York medical office called the effort to identify the remaining victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks “the largest and most complex forensic investigation in American history”.
However, during a press conference on September 8, DNA identification team leader Mark Desire admitted that it may never be possible to find out the identity of some of the remains, even with advances in science and technology.