NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 6, 2018) (REUTERS) – The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday (September 6) showcased new techniques it is using to identify the remains of people missing in the attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers September 11, 2001.
The OCME’s Missing Persons Unit leader said the office is continuing to make new identifications of remains at ground zero and has identified hundreds of bone fragments belonging to people who had been previously identifications, allowing their remains to be returned to family members.
Forensic scientists demonstrated techniques and equipment for pulverizing bone remains and extracting DNA material to generate profiles to identify remains that was unavailable 17 years ago.
“All the profiles that we generate today this year, these are remains that we had no hopes of in the past.
So it’s our job here with the medical examiner’s office to not only make these identifications but also improve that process. What can we do better? What new equipment can we use? What can we bring here to New York City to help us, help us in this, on this largest of forensic investigations in the history of New York City, history of the United States?” said Mark Desire, leader of the missing person’s laboratory.
“That commitment to making these identifications is as great today and 2018 as it was in 2001,” he added.
The OCME is the largest forensic laboratory in North America.