Report: Unidentified remains of 9/11 victims may never be identified
, 2022-09-09 20:07:24,
The unidentified remains of more than 1,000 victims found at the World Trade Center after the 2001 terror attacks may never be identified through DNA, the findings of a new study by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded.
While officials in the office believe that advances in DNA analysis may make new identifications imminent, a statistical modeling study expected to be published in the journal Forensic Science International and prepared by OCME staff estimates that of the 1,106 still unidentified victims, about 90% may never be identified, officials said.
“Regardless of the DNA testing we do, we will never [identify] all of the victims,” OCME forensic anthropologist Bradley Adams told Newsday.
Victims’ families had a range of reactions about the study, just as many of them were getting ready to mark the 21st anniversary of the attacks on Sunday.
Anthony Romagnolo, 28, of Miller Place, lost his father, Joseph Michael Romagnolo, an electrician under contract with Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the North Tower when a plane flew into it.
He said it would be traumatic for his mother if remains were found and identified. “It would bring up old wounds,” he said. “I’ve moved on. The bottom line was he didn’t come home that day.”
But he said his paternal grandmother would appreciate it because she’s “old-school” and it would be important to bury whatever was recovered.
The family had a memorial in Rocky Point without body or…
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