March 15, 2022

WTC: Highly Fragmented and Commingled Human Remains

Craig McKee and Kelly David

Fragmented Remains When the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed on the morning of September 11, 2001, the bones of the victims, shattered into tiny fragments, were propelled outward with explosive force. Sometimes they became embedded in the soft tissue of other victims, causing a "commingling" that has made identifying the remains more difficult.

Fast forward 20 years: A staggering 40 percent of the people who died at the World Trade Center have still not been identified. Among the 60 percent who have, an average of eight fragments per person, usually comprising a small fraction of their body mass, have been found. Indeed, fewer than 100 intact bodies were pulled from the rubble. Of the 21,905 remains recovered, one-third have yet to be linked to a victim as the project to identify the dead, run by the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), enters its third decade. . . .


"What Really Happened on 9/11," The Wisdom Fund

Enver Masud, "World Trade Center Report Challenged, Evidence of Explosives Reported," The Wisdom Fund, February 1, 2007

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