NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Forensic technicians have identified another set of human remains found in the rubble of the World Trade Center, nearly a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The office of New York City’s medical examiner announced Tuesday that it had successfully matched a set of remains to 40-year-old Ernest James, who had been assumed dead in the Twin Towers’ collapse.

James was identified within the last few days through DNA testing, a spokeswoman said. He worked for the professional services firm Marsh & McLennan Companies, which lost more than 350 employees and consultants that day.

James’ fiancee, Monique Keyes, said he was a native New Yorker and had been working in information technology at the company for about six years. He worked the night shift and would normally call her every morning at the end of his shift.

“When I couldn’t reach him, I pretty much, deep inside, knew,” Keyes said.

James had worked on the 88th floor of the North Tower, the first building struck by a hijacked plane and the second tower to collapse. Keyes said he was outgoing and family-oriented.

“He just loved to make you laugh,” she said of the Harlem resident.

Ten years later, she said the news brought some measure of closure.

To date, authorities have identified the remains of 1,629 victims. Nearly 2,800 people died at the trade center on 9/11.

The medical examiner’s office says it will continue testing remains.

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  2. Pole sitter says:

    If it’s not a firefighter who remains are identified then who cares

    1. nynj says:

      Every victim of the 9/11 tragedy should be valued. All rescue workers that lost their lives that day ran into those buildings because they valued the lives that they were saving. They were all incredibly brave and will always be our heros. If they valued this man and every other person that day, why aren’t you?

  3. Lily Price says:

    May he rest in peace— finally.

  4. ThePatriotMuckraker says:

    It’s amazing that they managed to find perfect intact passports of the “hijackers” among all those fragments of bone and dust.

    1. KPMc says:

      It is amazing. Just as it was amazing that they found the flight data recorder from the Columbia shuttle disaster even though it wasn’t in a protective case like those of commercial airlines and wasn’t meant to survive a horrific explosion and a 38-mile fall to earth.

      Amazing.. but they found it intact and and were able to gather much info from it.

      Hard to explain… but it happened. Amazing!

      1. thecrow says:

        And yet the black boxes from the 767s that hit the WTC “were not found”.

        Amazing indeed.

      2. KPMc says:

        So… you have a problem when things do disintegrate in astronomical temperatures and a problem when they don’t. It is easy to see conspiracies when you change the rules at your every whim.

        Not very amazing at all.

    2. KPMc says:

      Actually they only found one passport near the WTC site. It was found several blocks away BEFORE the towers collapsed.

      Amazing yes… but get the facts straight before you distort them.

      Two other passports were found among the wreckage of Flight 93. Not unusual at all as personal effects of downed planes are often found.

      Finally they collected a fourth passport from luggage which never made it onto a plane.

      Your need to believe in a conspiracy beyond the one the rest of the world agrees happened (19 men hijacked 4 planes and crashed them) is disturbing. You should examine why you need to do that. I am sure their are some deep-seated psychological scars you no doubtably suffered some time in your past. Get help before it is too late.

  5. billrny says:

    You must mean demolition not collapse . Don’t you!

    1. KPMc says:

      No… they men the collapse caused by the steel beams being taken out and having several floors resting on the building without proper support. Everything pancakes on top causing a “collapse”. It’s really not that hard to figure out. Unless of course you are a loser that thinks everything is a conspiracy even though you witnessed with your own eyes.

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