Workers find more remains from victims of Sept. 11
Associated Press | March 28, 2006
NEW YORK - Construction workers cleaning toxic waste from a vacant skyscraper near the World Trade Center site have found more bone fragments and human remains, officials said on Tuesday.
The city medical examiner's office plans to extract DNA from the latest remains recovered from the former Deutsche Bank building and try to match it against a database of the 2,749 people killed at the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner's office.
Fire Department crews had inspected the building in the months after the attacks, but construction workers clearing gravel off the rooftop found 10 bone fragments there last fall.
The new remains were found in recent weeks by crews doing a more thorough cleaning before construction workers begin dismantling the building in a few months, said John Gallagher, spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.
More than 40 percent of the Trade Center victims have not been identified.
The medical examiner's office is storing more than 9,000 unidentified remains and hope that more sophisticated DNA technology can allow for identifications.
Borakove said two human remains were found Jan. 27 on the 38th floor of the building.
She could not say what the remains were or how big they were.
On Friday, workers found two bone fragments on the roof, Borakove said.
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