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Twenty years on from 9/11 – 1,111 victims remain unidentified

The families of victims who died on 9/11 have criticised the pace of new York medical examiner’s efforts to identify the remains of the missing.

40% of those who died on 9/11 remain unaccounted for.

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A mother whose son died on 9/11 said: “As far as I can tell, they are identifying about one person every year or so.”

“At this rate, it will be 1,000 years before we have answers. So many have already died waiting.”

Sorting through the the charred debris for traces of the missing has been the most complex US forensic investigation.

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Mainly what was recovered from Ground Zero was tiny bony fragments, degraded by jet fuel from the hijacked planes.

Testing has continued over the past twenty years, but the dedicated team has thinned to just four people, and progress came to an almost standstill during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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