Medical examiner: 9/11 remains ID'd
May 12, 2011 -- Almost 10 years later, the remains of another victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack have been identified, the city's office of the chief medical examiner said Thursday. The victim was identified as a 32-year-old white man. His name was not released at his family's request. Despite the lapse of time, the quest to identify victims remains a priority, spokeswoman Grace Brugess said."Dr. [Charles] Hirsch promised the families we would never give up and we haven't stopped," Brugess said. Hirsch is chief medical examiner. So far, 59 percent of victims -- or 1,630 -- have been identified, the medical examiner's office said. Before Thursday's identification, the most recent IDs were made of two victims in December 2009, Brugess said. The medical examiner's office said the latest identification was made by retesting samples. Since January 2006, 6,314 bone samples have been selected for DNA retesting and an additional 1,843 samples have been recovered, also requiring DNA testing. So far, 1,722 of those remains have been linked to known victims. The rest are in various stages of testing, the office said.