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Remains of 9/11 Victims Returned to World Trade Center

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Remains of 9/11 Victims Returned to World Trade Center

The remains of some 9/11 victims are back at Ground Zero.

In preparations for the dedication of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York transferred the unidentified remains of victims killed in the twin towers to a repository at the World Trade Center site. The move has drawn criticism from family groups, many concerned that their loved ones will become objects of curiosity for visitors. Others support the move, which will provide for permanent housing in a separate, climate-controlled area inaccessible to visitors. Previously the victims’ remains had been held in temporary containment sites by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to the New York Times, 1,115 victims from the World Trade Center attacks are still unidentified. Remains stored at the World Trade Center site will be maintained in the hope that future advances in forensic science will eventually determine their identities.