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DNA helps identify another World Trade Center victim, nearly 18 years after 9/11 terror attacks

The name of a victim of the 9/11 attacks is seen adorned an American flag on the perimeter of a reflecting pool at a ceremony commemorating the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site in New York, New York, NY, USA on September 11, 2017. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/TNS)

New York City has used DNA testing to identify another victim of the Sept. 11 attacks, nearly 18 years after terrorists flew two airliners into the World Trade Center, officials said Monday.

The victim, a man whose name has not been released at the request of his family, marks the 1,643rd person identified in the decades-long effort by the city medical examiner’s office to identify all 2,753 people reported missing after the Twin Towers collapsed.

The remains were recovered in 2013 near the Deutsche Bank building, and experts identified him by analyzing a bone fragment, said Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.

The man is the first new identification since July 2018, when the medical examiner linked another bone fragment recovered at Ground Zero to Scott Johnson, a securities analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods.

Johnson’s bone fragment was tested a number of times, but advances in technology and new techniques discovered by the medical examiner’s lab helped make the identification possible.

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More than 1,100 remains have yet to be identified, officials said.

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