8 more potential human remains found at Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill

By Tracey Porpora Staten Island Advance

This 2002 photo shows forensic workers at the former Fresh Kills landfill, months after the 9/11 terror attacks.(Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

This 2002 photo shows forensic workers at the former Fresh Kills landfill, months after the 9/11 terror attacks.(Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Eight more fragments that could be human remains of 9/11 victims were unearthed on Tuesday, bringing to 62 the total number of fragments recovered since sifting resumed at the former Fresh Kills landfill on April 1.

While the sifting process has been occurring daily at the landfill for the last 2 1/2 weeks, no potential human remains were found in over a week.

However, 21 pieces of potential victim remains were uncovered on April 3, 12 new fragments were unearthed on April 4, two more pieces on April 5, and one fragment on April 8, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office.

The process is all part of the new sifting project that will be active for another six to eight weeks, she said. Through DNA testing it will be confirmed whether the fragments are human remains, said Ms. Borakove.

Some 60 truckloads of WTC debris have been brought to Fresh Kills since 2010.

Since 2006, new sifting technology has resulted in 34 additional identifications.

“Potential human remains” of 1,634 of the 2,753 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks have been identified thus far, according to Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway.

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