News & Opinion | July 26, 2018 1:27 pm

Improved DNA Technique Identifies Man Killed in Sept. 11 Attacks

1,642 people have now been officially identified.

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Many people visit National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, United States on September 10, 2014. Relatives of the September 11 attacks victims put flowers, toys and photos on the names which are written at the monument, during their visit. (Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The remains of a man killed during the Sept. 11 attack in New York have been identified 17 years later thanks to an improved DNA technique. The New York medical examiners’ office identified the victim as Scott Michael Johnson, 26, who worked at an investment banking company at the World Trade Center, reports CNN. Of those to be officially identified in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead, he is no. 1,642.

In order to identify Johnson, his DNA was re-tested using a new and improved technique.

“In 2001, we made a commitment to the families of victims that we would do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to identify their loved ones,” said Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson, according to CNN. “This identification is the result of the tireless dedication of our staff to this ongoing mission.”

The medical examiner’s office received about 20,000 human remains, reports CNN, and many did not include intact bodies or torsos. The office has been working to identify the remains. More than 1,100 victims remain unidentified.