More Remains Found Near WTC Site

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Newsday (New York, NY)...08/30/2002

By Sean Gardiner. STAFF WRITER

Less than two weeks before the year anniversary of Sept. 11, the bones of people believed killed in the worst terrorist attack on American soil still are being found.

On Wednesday night, construction workers found three "coin-sized" human bones on the roof of a building that is adjacent to where the Twin Towers once stood, police said.

Workers discovered the remains on the roof of the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. just before 7 p.m. The building, which is now covered in black netting and still is abandoned, stands south of World Trade Center plaza.

Two of the human bone fragments were part of a rib or ribs and the third is believed to be a piece of a skull, police said. It's unknown if the pieces of bones came from the same person, police said.

The large-scale recovery effort at the World Trade Center ended in June. But construction workers, police and firefighters stationed at the site have continued to find remains. Only 13 days ago a six-inch piece of a woman's pelvic bone was found in the safety netting off the roof of a building at 90 West St., next door to the Deutsche Bank building.

The bones found Wednesday night have been sent to the medical examiner's office for DNA testing to see if the fragments can be matched to samples provided by relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks.

On Tuesday the medical examiner's office will revise its official count of 2,819 killed.

Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, said police have informed their office that six people who were on the presumed-dead list have been found alive. She also said that at least two people who were hospitalized after sustaining injuries in the attacks since have died. Those people will be added to the death toll that, as it stands now, will be 2,815, she said.

Of the total presumed World Trade Center dead, slightly less than half, 1,379, have been positively identified, Borakove said.

Of those 1,379 positive identifications, 648 have been identified through DNA, 188 through dental records, 71 through fingerprints, 11 by viewing and the remaining 461 through a combination of photographs, X-rays, personal effects and other means, she said.