After 16 Years, Another 9/11 Victim Identified

1641st person killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 has been identified

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

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A victim of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center has been identified nearly 16 later, due to new advances in DNA technology. The medical examiner's office says the man's name is being withheld by request of his family.

The last positive ID came two years ago in March of 2015. He is the 1,641st victim of the 2,753 killed at the lower Manhattan site that day to be identified. He was identified through DNA retesting of remains recovered at Ground Zero in 2001.

Few full bodies were found in the aftermath of the attack, making it hard for authorities to identify victims.

It said new DNA technology helped identify him after previous tests yielded no results.




There are more than 21,900 pieces of remains yet unidentified.

Few full bodies were recovered after the twin towers burned and collapsed, with the effects of heat, bacteria and chemicals such as jet fuel making it hard to analyse the remains. Potential remains of more than 20 victims were recovered.

In some cases, scientists have gone back to the same bone fragment 10 or more times, hoping new technology will provide answers.

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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