Search for Sept. 11 Remains Set to End

The search for human remains in World Trade Center debris at Staten Island's Fresh Kills landfill will end Monday, concluding the 10-month recovery effort, officials said yesterday.

Wreckage from Ground Zero has been hauled to the landfill since the day after the terrorist attacks. Workers have painstakingly combed through about 1.62 million tons of pulverized debris in search of body parts.

While recovery work at the Trade Center site was called off on May 30, the date was largely symbolic. The last truckload of debris did not arrive at the landfill until June 28.

About 1,600 victims have not been identified.

The medical examiner has collected 19,691 body parts and is trying to match the remains to the deceased. The DNA work is expected to continue at least until the end of the year.

Greg Gittrich

Original Publication Date: 7/10/02