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Mariano Andrade
AFP
Friday, August 26, 2011

NEW YORK — In a laboratory in the center of Manhattan scientists continue to struggle to put names to the remains of victims from the September 11, 2001 attacks, some 40 percent of which are still unidentified.

“It’s not a legal obligation because everybody has a death certificate. It’s an ethical-moral decision,” said Mechthild Prinz in the department of forensic biology at the city’s Chief Medical Examiner office.

The names of the people who died in the explosions, fires and collapse in the Twin Towers on 9/11 are known, but the violence was so extreme that even a decade later it takes painstaking forensic work to match those identities to the human fragments found at the site.

The latest match made was just this week: Ernest James, who was 40 years old. He was the 1,629th victim identified out of 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center, or 59 percent of the total.

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This article was posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 at 6:32 am





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