New DNA technology identifies 9/11 victim 16 years after terror attack

World Trade Center Victim Identified Nearly 16 Years After 9/11 Terror Attacks

Nearly 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, another family has been given the news that the remains of their loved one have been identified.

A victim of the 9/11 terror attack has been identified in New York City, 16 years after the horrific events which shocked the world.

His name was withheld at his family's request, the New York City medical examiner's office said.

The last time a victim was identified was March 2015.

The man's identity was confirmed through DNA retesting.

Officials remain committed to using DNA testing to identify any of the remains that had been located.

He is the 1,641st person to be identified in the attacks that saw al-Qaeda terrorists plough two commercial Boeing 767s into the Twin Towers in NY, buildings which then collapsed, killing 2,753 people in total.


There are more than 21,900 pieces of remains yet unidentified. Most of the DNA profiles generated belong to previously identified victims.

New, more delicate DNA innovation was sent not long ago and helped make the most recent recognizable proof after prior testing created no outcomes, the restorative analyst's office said.

Over time, the medical examiner's office came to use a process that involves pulverizing the fragments to extract DNA, then comparing it to the office's collection of genetic material from victims or their relatives.

No full bodies were discovered after the attack, according to The Journal.

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

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

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