The remains of two more victims of 9/11 were identified on Tuesday – just days before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
Hempstead resident Dorothy Morgan and a man whose name is being withheld at the request of his family were identified using high-tech DNA testing, the city Medical Examiner’s Office announced.
“Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of World Trade Center victims to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfill that sacred obligation,” Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement.
“No matter how much time passes since September 11, 2001, we will never forget, and we pledge to use all the tools at our disposal to make sure all those who were lost can be reunited with their families,” she added.
The two are the 1,646th and 1,647th people to be identified from remains recovered at the WTC overall – and the first identified since October 2019.
About 40 percent of the people killed in the attack – 1,106 victims – haven’t been identified but testing continues, the announcement said.
Follow our 9/11 20th Anniversary coverage here:
The office continues to “push the science out of necessity” to try to make more identifications, said Mark Desire, assistant director of the Department of Forensic Biology and manager of the World Trade Center DNA Identification team.
“The commitment today is as strong as it was in 2001,” he said.