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1641st victim of 9/11 attack identified almost 16 years later

1641st victim of 9/11 attack identified almost 16 years later

Most of the new testing has pointed toward already-identified victims of the terror attacks.

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.

16 years later, medical examiners have confirmed the findings of a man who was killed at the World Trade Center.

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Improvements in the way DNA is extracted from bone fragments and more sensitive testing technology led to the latest positive identification, New York City's chief medical examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson told the Times.

The man's identity was confirmed through DNA retesting.

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The male victim is the 1,641st person to be identified out of a total of 2,753 people who died in the attack.

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.

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

Investigators were unable to recover scores of bodies trapped in the rubble, and the effects of heat and chemicals like jet fuel have further complicated the identification process.

The 9/11 airliner attacks killed a total of almost 3,000 people in NY, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


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