22 Years Later, Breakthrough DNA Tech IDs More 9/11 Victims

As the nation pays homage today, it's a bittersweet reminder that around 40 percent of those who perished still remain unidentified.

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A pedestrian takes photos behind banners showing the names of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, at Willie Mays Plaza outside of Oracle Park in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 11, 2023. Americans are looking back on the horror and legacy of 9/11, gathering Monday at memorials, firehouses, city halls and elsewhere to observe the 22nd anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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As America marks the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York City officials broke ground using science to identify two more victims. A man and a woman — their names kept confidential for family privacy — have been identified through cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology.

This marks a major leap after two decades of inconclusive results. The development also amplifies Mayor Eric Adams’ statement that the city’s mission to reunite the missing with their families is unyielding.

Family members gather around the 9/11 Memorial during the commemoration ceremony on the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

The man was identified using remains found back in 2001, and the woman from remains discovered in 2001, 2006, and 2013. It’s the first identification since last September, underscoring the city’s relentless quest for answers.

As the nation pays homage today, it’s a bittersweet reminder that around 40 percent of those who perished still remain unidentified.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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