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Background Attack Aftermath Evidence Misinformation Analysis Memorial

1000 Missing Bodies

So Falling Buildings Vaporize People?

The massive operation to clean up Ground Zero was described as a rescue operation for weeks, as if anyone could have survived an event that turned most of the buildings' concrete to dust. The event didn't spare the corpses either, as they were vaporized, according to the coroner.

Three months after the Sept. 11 attacks, World Trade Center victims' families are being forced to face the ghastly possibility that many of the dead were "vaporized," as the medical examiner put it, and may never be identified.

The fires were limited to small parts of the buildings. How did the collapse of the buildings vaporize thousands of bodies? It takes exposure of a body to 1400-1800 degrees F for at least two hours to cremate a body. 1  

An entire year after the attack, the medical examiner had identified only half of the victims, despite a well-funded forensic effort using the most advanced DNA identification techniques. 19,906 remains were recovered from Ground Zero. 4,735 of those have been identified. Up to 200 remains have been linked to a single person. Of the 1,401 people identified, 673 of the IDs were based on DNA alone. Only 293 intact bodies were found. 2  


References

1. Cremation FAQ, [cached]
2. More than half of victims IDd, nydailynews.com, 9/11/02 [cached]

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