(TheRedWire.com) – On Friday, New York City officials announced that two new victims of the 9/11 attacks have been identified through DNA technology. The two victims’ names have remained private following a request from their families. The revelation came a few days before the anniversary of the attacks.
For over two decades, officials have used various testing methods that have provided negative results. However, with the use of next-generation sequencing technology, officials were able to get positive identification results. The military also employs the same technology in cases where missing service members must be identified.
On Friday, Eric Adams, the New York City Mayor, released a statement noting that as the city is preparing for the 22nd anniversary of the attacks, their thoughts remain with those who lost their lives that day and their families who have had to live with the pain of losing their loved ones. He added that they hoped the new identifications would help comfort the victims’ families, which indicates the city’s commitment to ensuring that all the World Trade Center attack victims are reunited with their families.
The woman was identified through remains found in 2001, 2006, and 2013, while the man’s remains were recovered in 2001. These are the first two new identifications in two years.
Following the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center, the Shanksville Field, and the Pentagon, there were nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives, and 1,104 of those people remain unidentified.
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