New York City officials said Friday that they will begin sifting nearly 600 cubic yards of material found at the World Trade Center construction site next week in the continuing search for human remains from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The sifting operation will begin April 1 at the Fresh Kills park area on Staten Island. It is expected to take about 10 weeks as police, fire and other personnel examine material found at several areas in and around the construction area, according to a City Hall memo released Friday. Mobile sifting machinery will be used, the memo said.
A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner's office said the material was identified as meriting further examination in the search for "potential human remains." Some of the material was found after the completion of the demolition of the former Deutsche Bank building, officials said.
Since 2006, the remains of 34 additional victims of the terror attacks have been identified, mostly from DNA analysis. The total number of identifications of victims from the trade center site is currently 1,634, which represents about 59 percent of the 2,753 people reported missing in the terror attacks.