A 9/11 Victim Has Been Identified 16 Years After the Attacks

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Nearly 16 years after the 9/11 attacks, another family has been given the news that the remains of their loved one have been identified.

The city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had been re-testing DNA recovered in 2001 using new, more sensitive testing, reports the BBC.

This is the first new identification made by scientists since March 2015, in what has become a painstaking and ongoing effort to offer closure to families.

The man's identity was confirmed through DNA retesting.

DNA has been the single largest method for identifying remains, while dental records, fingerprints and personal effects have been used to a lesser extent, according to figures released Monday by the medical examiner.

It has been 16 years since 2,753 people were killed when the twin towers were destroyed, and more than two years since the last victim among them was positively identified.

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There are more than 21,900 pieces of remains yet unidentified.

More than 1,100 of them have either not been identified, or were never found.

In 2013, authorities sifted through truckloads of debris unearthed by construction crews working on the rebuilding.

Over time, the medical examiner's office came to use a process that involves pulverizing the fragments to extract DNA, then comparing it to the office's collection of genetic material from victims or their relatives. Few full bodies were recovered after the giant towers burned and collapsed, and the effects of heat, bacteria and chemicals such as jet fuel made it all the more hard to analyze the remains.

Almost 3,000 people were killed in the depraved 9/11 attacks in which brainwashed jihadists crashed hijacked airliners into buildings.