Latest WTC Site Search Finds 72 Human Remains - NBC New York

Latest WTC Site Search Finds 72 Human Remains



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    A lone fire engine stands amongst the destruction September 16, 2001 at the crime scene in Manhattan where the World Trade Center collapsed following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

    New York City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Center site has recovered 72 human remains.

    The sifting of more than 800 cubic yards of debris recovered from ground zero and underneath roads around the lower Manhattan site began in April and ended Friday.

    The greatest number of remains -- 37 -- were found from material underneath West Street, a highway on the west side of ground zero. The new debris was uncovered as construction work made new parts of the site accessible.

    The city began a renewed search for human remains in 2006. More than 1,800 remains have been found.

    Some have been matched to previously unidentified Sept. 11 victims.