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9/11 Victim Identified Through DNA Testing Marks First in More Than 2 Years

By Ben Fractenberg | August 8, 2017 12:20pm
 A flag sits atop one of nearly 3,000 names etched into the massive 9/11 Memorial pools.
A flag sits atop one of nearly 3,000 names etched into the massive 9/11 Memorial pools.
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MANHATTAN — The 1,641st victim of the 9/11 attacks has been identified through DNA testing, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner announced Monday.

The man, whose name was not released at the request of his family, was the first victim to be identified since March 2015, according to officials.

Matthew David Yarnell, 26, was the last person publicly identified in 2015. Yarnell, of New Jersey, worked as an assistant vice president for the technical group of the Fiduciary Trust Co. 

About 40 percent of 9/11 victims, some 1,112 people, have yet to be identified.

The medical examiner was able to verify who the man was after retesting remains recovered in 2001, the office added.