on 9/11 Victims List is Alive
Wed Sep 11, 7:43 PM
By TARA GODVIN, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -
Nickola Lampley was stunned to see her name
flashed on television during the roll call of the
2,801 dead and missing that was the centerpiece of
the World Trade Center remembrance ceremony
Lampley, 24, of Brooklyn, was reported missing
after the attacks by her sister.
Lampley said she was working about four blocks
from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and was
unhurt. But her sister, Alecia, could not reach
her, and told authorities Nickola was missing.
Nickola eventually contacted Alecia, who said she
then notified city officials that her sister was
no longer missing. She thought that was the end of
the matter until this week, when she was told by
an Associated Press reporter that a Nickola
Lampley remained on the missing-person list.
"We tried calling to tell them that she was
fine," Alecia said. "I don't know why
her name is still on the list."
City officials could not immediately confirm that
Nickola Lampley is the same person as on the
official list, but said they are interested in
talking with the Lampleys. They have acknowledged
that the list used Wednesday might have included
names of people who were not killed and excluded
some who were.
No remains have been identified for a Nickola
Lampley and no death certificate ever issued for
her. The name is on a list of about 70 people who
are still classified as missing.
Police Inspector Jeremiah Quinlan, who supervises
the missing person effort, said the Lampley case
is still considered an open investigation.
He noted that the massive effort to document and
investigate missing-person reports was not
flawless. "This system was designed to
capture as much information as possible and then
sort it out," Quinlan said.
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