World Trade Centre attack victim's remains identified 16 years after terror attack

World Trade Centre attack victim's remains identified 16 years after terror attack

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 steel worker inspects a mangeled steel girder to find the best way to remove it at "ground zero" of the World Trade Center wreckage, September 15, 2001, in New York City.

The victim will not be publicly identified at the family's request, the New York City medical examiner's office said on Monday.

His identification was confirmed through DNA retesting.

Advances in DNA extraction and testing technology helped confirm the victim's identity, the medical examiner's office said. He is the 1,641st victim of the 2,753 killed at the lower Manhattan site that day to be identified.

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As DNA testing advanced, so has the multimillion-dollar effort to connect more than 21,900 bits of remains to individual victims.

The process involves pulverising the fragments of remains to extract DNA, then comparing it to the collection of genetic material from victims or their relatives.

Now and again, researchers have backpedaled to a similar bone section at least 10 times, trusting new innovation will give answers.

No full bodies were discovered after the attack, according to The Journal. Possible remains of more than 20 victims were recovered.

It's thought that a total of 2,996 lost their lives that day in NY as well as at the Pentagon in Virginia and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, while thousands more were injured.

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