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City to move unidentified remains of 9/11 victims to museum

The unidentified remains of victims from the Sept. 11 attacks will be transferred to a repository between where the Twin Towers stood.

Credit: National September 11 Memorial Museum Credit: National 9/11 Memorial Museum

The unidentified remains of victims from the Sept. 11 attacks will soon be transferred to a repository in a space 70 feet below ground level between where the Twin Towers stood, city officials said.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli informed families of 9/11 victims on Saturday that the remains would be moved to a private section of the National Sept. 11th Memorial Museum on May 10, giving loved ones one week's notice before the transfer.

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Barrios-Paoli told families in the e-mail that the city remained committed to continue its work to identify "all those who lost their lives on that tragic day."

The remains have been held at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner's labs in Manhattan's Gramercy section. The letter said the medical examiner's office would continue to have jurisdiction over the remains and the work would not be interrupted.

"This transfer will be conducted in a dignified and respectful manner, while also ensuring the protection and security of the remains during the move," Barrios-Paoli wrote.

Families will be able to request private access to the repository's "reflection room" as soon as the National Sept. 11th Memorial Museum opens to the public on May 15.

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