Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

New 9/11 victim identified, almost 16 years later

New 9/11 victim identified, almost 16 years later

The name of the deceased male is being withheld at the request of his family, said the New York City chief medical examiner's office.

Matthew Yarnell, 26, was the last victim the medical examiner identified back in March 2015, according to the New York Daily News.

His distinguishing proof was affirmed through DNA retesting.

The remains were discovered by New York's medical office, which this year re-examined DNA recovered at the scene in 2001.

He is the 1,641st person to be formally identified as a victim of the attack which took place nearly 16 years ago and is the first new victim of the attacks to be identified since March 2015. This was due to the effects of the heat, bacteria and chemicals such as jet fuel - which made it all that more hard to identify victims.

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As DNA testing propelled, so has the multimillion-dollar push to interface more than 21,900 bits of stays to singular casualties. Investigators started using new, more successful DNA technology earlier this year to identify them.

In 2013, authorities sifted through truckloads of debris unearthed by construction crews who were working on rebuilding the site.

Investigators were unable to recover scores of bodies trapped in the rubble, and the effects of heat and chemicals like jet fuel have further complicated the identification process.

In some cases, scientists have re-examined the same bone fragment 10 or more times - hopeful that advancements in technology will provide answers. Potential remains of more than 20 victims were recovered.

In total, the four coordinated September 11 terror attacks killed 2,996 people in NY, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and left thousands more injured.

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