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9/11 victim reportedly ID’ed, 17 years later, through DNA research

The medical examiner’s office in New York allegedly showed Wednesday that they have identified the remains of a man killed more than a decade ago in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

(Reuters)

The medical examiner’s office in New York allegedly showed Wednesday that they have identified the remains of a man killed in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

Developments in DNA technology finally allowed Mark Desire, assistant director of forensic biology at the medical examiner’s office, and his team to a bone as belonging to Scott Michael Johnson, 26, The New York Times reported.

Johnson is the 1,642 nd victim to be identified in the terror attacks in which 2,753 people were killed by hijackers who crashed planes into the Twin Towers.

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Johnson was allegedly an associate for the investment banking firm Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods on the 89th floor of one of the towers.

Over the years, several attempts to identify the bone turned out to be no success until recent improvements have allowed the Wish of the team to have enough DNA evidence to make a match, The time reported.

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After learning of the development, Ann Johnson told the outlet that she and her daughter sat there and both cried.”

“You get pulled right back and that also means that there is a finality,” she said. “In one way or another, I have always thought that he would just walk away and say, ‘Here I am. I had memory loss.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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