New Remains Identified in Rubble of Ground Zero
A new set of remains has been identified from the 9/11 rubble of Ground Zero.
A spokeswoman from the New York City Medical Examiner's office announced Tuesday that 40-year-old Ernest James, a resident of the Harlem neighborhood of New York, had been confirmed dead by DNA testing. James had been an Information Technology specialist of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a professional services firm that lost 350 people in the attack.
James had worked on the 88th floor of the North Tower, the first of the two Twin Towers buildings to be struck in the attack by the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization. Both buildings of the New York City World Trade Center collapsed within minutes of being struck by airliners that were hijacked by the terrorists.
Some 2,800 people died in the conflagration at Ground Zero, of which the remains of 1,629 have been identified.
For days, firefighters, police officers, and volunteers worked around the clock searching the pile of rubble for survivors. Desperate family members carried photographs of their loved ones, searching the area for employees they believed might still by some miracle be wandering around or trapped inside the wreckage, alive. Greasy smoke from the site hung over the city for weeks, and the fires smoldered deep underground for nearly half a year.
The medical examiner's office has said it will continue the task of testing the remains that exist until it can identify as many of the victims as is humanly possible.
A third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Washington DC the same day on September 11, 2001.
The fourth plane in the coordinated Al Qaeda attack never reached its intended target – the White House. Instead, passengers on the plane tried to jump the hijackers and the pilot crashed the plane in a field in Pennsylvania.
Next month Americans will mark the tenth anniversary of the attack.