More human remains found in buildings near Ground Zero
New York Times News Service
June 07, 2002 08:05:00

NEW YORK - In the week since a ceremony marked the end of the recovery effort at ground zero, Fire Department and construction crews have found the remains of about a dozen victims in nearby buildings damaged in the Sept. 11 attack.


City officials had long suspected they might find additional human remains in these adjacent structures, including 90 West St. and 130 Cedar St., office buildings that were struck and punctured by plane parts and sections of the twin towers. But they had put off the task of thoroughly sifting through this debris until after the work was largely finished at the immediate World Trade Center site.

Now, working day and night over the last week or so, they have discovered small bone fragments, a jaw with the teeth still intact, even parts of racks that held the luggage from one of the hijacked planes.

No date for the completion of this effort has been declared, in part because Fire Department personnel have had trouble getting into the last large building that must be searched, 130 Liberty St., which is owned by Deutsche Bank and is commonly known as the Bankers Trust building.

The delay, which has angered some victims' families, is a result of concern by Deutsche Bank officials that the search may stir up contaminants that could pollute the air, bank officials said. They noted that a temporary pedestrian walkway to Battery Park City passes just in front of the scarred building.

"It is shameful," Susan Ryan said of the delay. Ryan, who has worked as a volunteer at ground zero since March, lost a relative in the attacks, Terence McShane, 37, a firefighter whose remains have been identified. "The Fire Department has done the job; they ought to be able to finish the job," she said.

Fire Department officials, who expressed optimism that an arrangement would soon be worked out to enter 130 Liberty St., said on Friday that they were determined to continue the work until every last possible bit of debris had been examined.

"The date the mayor chose for the ceremony was symbolic," said Deputy Assistant Chief Edward D. Kalletta Jr., who is supervising the continuing recovery effort. "We knew we weren't going to be finished that day."