Medical Examiner

9/11 Death Certification

World Trade Center on 9/11/01 – 2,749 Victims
WTC Post 9/11/01 – 4 Victims
Total WTC – 2,753 Victims

Flight 77 – 64 Victims
Pentagon – 120 Victims
Total Pentagon – 184 Victims

Flight 93 Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania – 40 Victims

Total 2,977 Victims

New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner World Trade Center Operational Statistics Report

Victims Identified – 1,633 (59%)
Victims Not Identified – 1,120 (41%)

Remains Recovered – 21,817
Remains Identified – 13,162 (60%)
Remains Not Identified – 8,655 (40%)

Last Updated September 7, 2012


NEW YORK CITY OFFICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER OFFICIAL NOTICE:
As of June 17, 2011, the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced Jerry J. Borg, age 63, has been added to the list of people who died as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers.

The number of World Trade Center victims is now 2,753 (6/17/2011).


As of January 16, 2009, the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner announced that Leon Bernard Heyward, age 45, has been added to the list of people who died as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers.

The number of World Trade Center victims is now 2,752 (1/16/09).


As of July 10, 2008, the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has announced that Sneha Anne Philip has been added to the list of people who died as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers.

The number of World Trade Center victims is now 2,751 (7/10/08).


As of September 10, 2007, the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has announced that Felicia Dunn Jones has been added to the list of people who died as a result of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers.

The number of World Trade Center victims is now 2,750 (9/10/07).

Memorial Park at the Medical Examiner’s Office

The Brief History of Memorial Park

Since the early hours following the attacks of September 11th, providing for the identification and safekeeping of the victims’ remains has been the responsibility of the Medical Examiner’s office.

The Purpose of the Park

Memorial Park is maintained by the Medical Examiner’s office and will be in place until the identification process is complete. Eventually, the unclaimed remains of the September 11th victims’ will be housed in the permanent memorial at Ground Zero. You will not see any remains while at Memorial Park.

Visiting Memorial Park

Families and their invited guests can visit Memorial Park – it is not open to the general public. You must schedule a visit, please call 212-447-7884 to schedule an appointment. Normal visitation hours are from Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, with weekend visitation hours made by appointment. Up to 20 people may visit per hour. When scheduling an appointment, you will be asked to provide the names of all of those people who will accompany you. Please note that no photographs or recording devices are allowed in Memorial Park.

Why People Visit

Memorial Park, located on 30th street adjacent to the Medical Examiner’s Office, is the temporary resting place for the victims of September 11th. It was built and is maintained by people from many callings and places. It is a place of peace where many have come to pay their respects, and a place of honor for all of those lost. It is a hollowed space where dignity reigns and a grieving nation honors its heroes. Most importantly, it is the place from which this nation returns to families the remains of their loved ones, with the deepest of sympathy, respect, honor and dignity.

What’s Inside

Housed inside Memorial Park (a large white tent) are a series of refrigerated units holding the remains of all of those lost in the attacks. The remains are kept here until they are identified and returned to the family. The remains are cooled to preserve DNA and to slow decomposition. All of the remains are kept separate with their own unique identification number.

During Your Visit

When you arrive at the Medical Examiner’s Office please check in at the lobby. Please be mindful that while Memorial Park remains a working facility, we also consider it a sacred place. Therefore, unscheduled visits are not available and scheduled visits must end on time. If you are late for your appointment, you will be able to visit, but only until the scheduled end of that visit. The first time you visit our facility, you will be asked to show a photo ID. At that time (if you choose) you will be issued a photo ID which you can use to visit Memorial Park in the future. Any family member can obtain a photo ID. All family members and guests must bring photo identification whenever they visit Memorial Park.The Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs has adopted this ID as the universal family ID for all future WTC events. Staff members of Project Liberty will escort family members from our lobby to Memorial Park. Project Liberty is a FEMA funded disaster-recovery program created by the NY State Office of Mental Health to provide free crisis counseling and referrals to people affected by the WTC disaster. They can be reached at 1-800-LIFENET or online at Project Liberty.
You are welcome to bring photographs, flowers or other mementos, which can be left at Memorial Park.

Getting to Memorial Park

Memorial Park is located at the Medical Examiner’s Office at 520 First Avenue (at 30th Street) in Manhattan.
Subway: Take the 6 train to either 28th Street or 33rd Street and then proceed east to First Avenue and 30th Street.
Driving: Take FDR Drive to the 23rd Street exit to First Avenue. At First Avenue, make a right and go to 30th Street. Parking is available at NYU (29th and First) or at other nearby lots. There is metered parking on Second Avenue.
If you have any questions, please call us at 212-447-7884, Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Based on information from the Memorial Park section on the NYC.gov website as of 12/30/08.