New 9/11 victim identified, almost 16 years later

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It is the first new identification of a World Trade Center victim since 2015, when Matthew David Yarnell, 26, was identified using DNA.

However, 1,112 people - about 40 percent - who died on 9/11 still remain unidentified, according to the medical examiner's office.

The medicinal inspector's office has been retesting human stays recouped amid the first recuperation at ground zero, gathered before May 2002. The department was previously limited by current technology in its ability to test the samples.

There were 2,753 people killed when two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center's Twin Towers on the morning of September 11, 2011.

The man's name was being withheld upon request from his family.


The efforts haven't been simple.

In total, almost 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 terror attacks, which were claimed by al Qaeda and its then leader Osama bin Laden.

Few full bodies were recovered after the giant towers burned and collapsed, and the effects of heat, bacteria and chemicals such as jet fuel made it all the more hard to analyse the remains. Investigators started using new, more successful DNA technology earlier this year to identify them.

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