The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner has identified two more victims, one of them identified as Dorothy Morgan, of the World Trade Center attacks famously known as the 9/11 attack.
The second victim’s name is not being released at the request of the family. As per reports, they are the 1,646th and 1,647th victims to be identified through ongoing DNA analysis of unidentified remains recovered.
With a few days left to go before the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, newer victims are still being identified.
Who was Dorothy Morgan?
Dorothy Morgan has been identified as one of two people who were reportedly identified on Tuesday, September 7. Morgan belonged to Hempstead, New York, while another individual whose identity has been withheld at the request of his family has been considered as the 1,647th victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The New York City chief medical examiner’s office revealed that Morgan’s identity was confirmed through DNA testing of remains recovered in 2001 after the attack on the twin towers. She reportedly worked in the North Tower for Marsh McLennan as an insurance broker when the two planes crashed into the buildings.
Dorothy Morgan of Hempstead, N.Y., is the 1,646th victim to be identified through ongoing DNA analysis of remains recovered from the 9/11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center that claimed 2,753 lives. https://t.co/smc9NQh7yV
— NPR (@NPR) September 8, 2021
Today, Dorothy is the first new identification of World Trade Center victims since October 2019.
How old was Dorothy Morgan?
Dorothy Morgan was 47 years old at the time of death.
Dorothy Morgan Hemstead NY
Dorothy’s daughter Nykiah opened up to NBC New York about how the day September 11 is blacklisted on her calendar. “For me, it was September 10 and 12. That’s it,” she said, elaborating:
“I close doors. Turn off phones. Turn off TV, everything.”
Nykiah was informed of her mother’s remains being identified by two detectives who showed up at her Long Island home to break the news to her, reports New York Times. So far, she had been holding on to the very narrow sliver of hope that her mother was still living somewhere but with no recollection of her past life after the traumatic events of 9/11. With the DNA identification, Nykiah has to confront the painful confirmation of her mother’s death.
20 years later, DNA from some remains have been positively identified as 47 year old Dorothy Morgan. She is now the 1646th victim of 9/11 to be ID’d. Her daughter tells me she still talks to her mother every day. 💔💔
RIP dear Dorothy @abc7ny pic.twitter.com/QLqUbScofC
— Lucy Yang (@LucyYang7) September 8, 2021
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The daughter has been paying her respects on the attack’s anniversary every year, on her Instagram account.
“When they told me that there were remains found, it was a shock. I think I just… that’s the only thing I can say, it was just shocking,” Nykiah told NBC. “It’s like you’re living it all over again.”
Although she knew Dorothy was long gone, a part of Nykiah always wondered:
“Maybe she had amnesia. Maybe she’s out living a whole different life and she’s happy,” she said.
She’ll have to collect her mother’s remains, unable to hide from the anniversary for the first time in 20 years. But Nykiah has other plans; instead of hiding like every year, she’ll be sharing her mother’s beautiful memory.
What We Know So Far
About 40% of those who died in the World Trade Center attacks remain unidentified.
As the anniversary draws closer, Dr Barbara Sampson, New York City’s chief medical examiner, also said in a statement: “Twenty years ago, we made a promise to the families of World Trade Center victims to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to identify their loved ones, and with these two new identifications, we continue to fulfill that sacred obligation… and make sure all those who were lost can be reunited with their families.”
The medical examiner’s office says next-generation sequencing technology being used by their DNA laboratory “promises to result in more new identifications.”