Sifting at Staten Island’s Fresh Kills has yielded 53 potential human remains

By Tracey Porpora Staten Island Advance

 In this photo 2002 photo, the last sifting machine at the Fresh Kills Landfill is seen in the background. Staten Island Advance photo

In this photo 2002 photo, the last sifting machine at the Fresh Kills Landfill is seen in the background. Staten Island Advance photo

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Since April 1, 54 fragments — each a potential human remain of 9/11 victims — have been discovered in debris collected from construction sites near the World Trade Center.

Adding to the 21 pieces of potential victim remains found by last Wednesday at the former Fresh Kills Landfill were 12 new fragments on Thursday, two more pieces on Friday and one more piece on Monday.The new sifting project will be active for the next eight to 10 weeks, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office.

“We have to confirm they are, in fact, human remains. We believe they are, but when we do DNA testing, everything will be confirmed,” she said.

Collected in the first three days of the search were 21 pieces on Wednesday, in addition to the 16 found on Tuesday, and two discovered on Monday, 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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