of Two 9/11 Hijackers Identified
Fri Feb 28,
4:21 PM ET
By TARA BURGHART, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK - The city medical examiner's office has
identified remains of two of the Sept. 11
hijackers, using DNA profiles supplied by the FBI
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The remains were immediately removed from the
city's Memorial Park, where unidentified and
unclaimed remains are kept, according to Ellen
Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical
What will be done with the remains has not been
decided, she said. The office does not know which
of the terrorists' remains they have, because the
profiles provided by the FBI did not have names
attached, she said.
John Cartier, a member of the victims advocacy
group Give Your Voice, said he was relieved to
hear that some of the terrorists' remains had been
separated from those of their victims.
"I think they should be used as dirt in the
road," said Cartier, whose brother James
Cartier died in the World Trade Center
Ten terrorists hijacked the two planes that
crashed into the trade center towers. Borakove
said more matches are possible.
Some family members had asked the medical
examiner's office to try to separate the remains,
especially because some hope someday to put
remains of the unidentified victims into ground
zero "tomb of the unknowns."
The huge effort to identify victims' remains is
expected to continue for years. Of the 2,792
people listed as missing in the Sept. 11, 2001,
attack, the remains of 1,468 have been
Nearly 20,000 body parts were recovered in all,
more than 13,000 of which are still being
identified. The medical examiner expects several
hundred people will never be identified.
"We have to deal with the realization that
our loved ones are coming home to us in small,
little, tiny pieces," said Cartier, whose
brother was identified. "We just wanted the
efforts made to remove — as best they can, with
the technology available — those cowards who
murdered our loved ones."
To identify remains of victims, the medical
examiner's office requested family members provide
items such as toothbrushes from which DNA could be
But in the case of the hijackers, FBI spokesman
Paul Bresson said, authorities had to develop DNA
profiles from items the men were believed to have
handled or had in their possession.
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