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NYC Plans 10-Week Debris Sifting Operation To Find Remains Of 9/11 Victims

Workers Will Search 60 Truckloads Of Debris Collected Over Past 2 1/2 Years
The rubble of the World Trade Center - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)

The rubble of the World Trade Center – New York, NY – Sep 11, 2001 (credit: ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly 12 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, a new search will soon get underway in an attempt to find remains of the more than 1,000 victims who have never been located.

Starting Monday, and for the next 10 weeks, workers on Staten Island will be sifting through nearly 600 cubic yards of construction debris from the World Trade Center site, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

The last time the city did a comprehensive sifting of debris was in 2010.

Since then, several areas have finally become accessible, including at the World Financial Center and Liberty Street.

Parts of those areas, though, are still impossible to reach.

The Medical Examiner’s Office and other city agencies, including police, fire and sanitation departments, will take part in the operation at the Fresh Kills park area.

They will search through 60 truckloads of debris collected over the past two and a half years.

Since 2006, the remains of 34 previously unrecovered victims were identified through DNA.

Of the 2,752 victims killed at the area previously known as ground zero, 1,634 have been identified.

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