(LibertySociety.com) – When the World Trade Center Twin Towers fell on the morning of September 11, 2001, 2,753 innocent people lost their lives. But with millions of tons of steel, concrete, and debris to sift through, it’s not surprising search parties only found and identified 1,645 citizens’ remains — until now, with the recent identification of two more individuals.
On September 8, just three days before the 9/11 anniversary, forensic scientists identified two more people that were murdered that day. Advances in technology and DNA science made it possible to give two more families closure after nearly 20 years.
Dorothy Morgan of Hempstead, N.Y., is the 1,646th victim to be identified through ongoing DNA analysis of remains recovered from the 9/11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center that claimed 2,753 lives. https://t.co/smc9NQh7yV
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The investigation stopped in 2005 when forensic measures at the time halted the medical examiner’s process with less than 1,600 victim identities. But over the years, evidence trickled in to help positively confirm more identifications, and the number grew by more than 45 people.
Scientists used remains recovered in the early 2000s to name the two most recent casualties of the cruel 9/11 attacks. Officials notified the families, but only one of the two gave their permission to release their loved one’s name to the public — Dorothy Morgan of Hempstead, NY.
Dr. Barbara A. Sampson, Chief Medical Examiner of New York City, promised to “do whatever it takes” to give every family a piece of their loved one for a proper burial. Yet, there’s no telling how long it will take or whether she can even keep her word. But with technology advancing all the time, there’s always hope.
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