With only days away from the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack, the New York City chief medical examiner identified two more victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
According to Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson in a statement on Tuesday, Dorothy Morgan and a man whose identity is being withheld at the request of his family are the 1,646th and 1,647th confirmed deaths from the 9/11 terror attacks.
Both deaths were confirmed from DNA analyses of the remains recovered from the site. Morgan’s DNA were identified from the remains recovered in 2001, at the same time, John Doe’s were confirmed from remains found in 2001, 2002 and 2006.
A report in the New York Times said that Morgan worked for an insurance company on the 94th floor of the North Tower, the first building hit in the attack.
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“A lot happened here, a lot,” said private investigator Bill Warner. “They were here, going to the same places I’m going to.”
In May 2000, ring leader Mohamed Atta received a tourist visa from the U.S. embassy in Germany. A month later, witnesses said he turned up in South Florida looking at crop duster planes.
“He had to run him away from the airplane. He kept trying to climb up on the wing, wanted to get in the cockpit,” said a witness who spotted Atta on a rural airstrip in Belle Glade, Florida.
USDA loan officer Johnelle Bryant said Atta visited her office and inquired about a loan to buy a plane.
“He said he was an engineer and he wanted to build a chemical tank that would fit inside the aircraft and take up every available square inch of the aircraft except where the pilot would be sitting,” Bryant said in a 2002 interview with ABC News.
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Additionally, Bryant said Atta referred to Osama Bin Laden, a name she did not recognize at that time, as “a man would someday be known as the world’s greatest leader.”
It has been reported that the hijackers were living and breathing in the US before the impending attack.
Morgan and the unnamed man’s confirmed identities are the first victims since Oct. 2019 to be identified in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks that claimed 2,753 lives. However, there are still around 1,106 people, or 40% of victims, whose identities have yet been confirmed.
“Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of World Trade Center victims to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfill that sacred obligation,” Sampson said.
“No matter how much time passes since September 11, 2001, we will never forget, and we pledge to use all the tools at our disposal to make sure all those who were lost can be reunited with their families.”