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9/11 Remains Identified as 26-Year-Old Jersey City Man

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    More than 13 years after the twin towers fell, medical examiners have been able to identify another one of the 2,753 people who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. News 4's Ida Siegal reports. (Published Thursday, March 19, 2015)

    More than 13 years after the twin towers fell, medical examiners have been able to identify another one of the 2,753 people who died in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    The city identified Matthew David Yarnell, 26, by retesting DNA reference samples of remains found during original recovery efforts at ground zero between 2001 and 2002.

    Yarnell, of Jersey City, is remembered as a good friend and prankser who carried around a phony $1 million bill and asked strangers if they could “break a million,” according to a New York Times portait published on Dec. 18, 2001.

    According to the Times, Yarnell grew up in Kinnelon and graduated from Kinnelon High School before going to Carnegie Mellon. He worked on the 97th floor of the south tower for Fiduciary Trust Co. and was in a training session when the building was hit by United Airlines Flight 175.

    The identification brings the total number of positively identified victims in the attack to 1,640.

    The medical examiner's office has been retesting human remains recovered during the original recovery at ground zero, collected before May 2002.

    In 2013, authorities sifted through truckloads of debris unearthed by construction crews working on the rebuilding. Possible remains of more than 20 victims were recovered.