Two additional victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center have been identified, just days before the 20th anniversary, New York City’s chief medical examiner announced on Tuesday.
In a press release, Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said that Dorothy Morgan of Hempstead, New York, is the 1,646th person, and an unnamed man is the 1,647th person to be identified through ongoing DNA analysis since 2001.
The man’s identity has been withheld at the request of his family, the release states.
According to The New York Times, Morgan was working as an insurance broker in the World Trade Center at the time of the collapse. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when two airliners destroyed the building.
Sampson’s office has been since 2001 conducting DNA testing to identify those killed in the attack on the World Trade Center. The two last identifications are the first since October 2019. Some 1,106 victims, or 40 percent of those who died, remain unidentified, the release states.
Morgan’s identity was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001, while the identification of the unnamed man was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001, 2002, and 2006.
The ongoing effort is the largest and most complex forensic investigation in the history of the United States, Sampson’s office says.
“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,” said Sampson.
“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.”
President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit all three sites of the Sept. 11 attacks to honor those killed, the White House Said.