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Trade center death toll revised down by 22

Tim Zolandz, a scientist working with the World Trade Center remains, extracts a DNA sample during testing to identify one of the September 11 victims at Bode Technology Group in Springfield, Virginia.  

From Phil Hirschkorn

NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York officials have lowered the death toll from the World Trade Center by 22 to 2,801, according to a revised list of victims' names from New York's medical examiner.

Officials say the number is likely to fall as the painstaking verification process continues, but it will stand for next week's first anniversary commemorations.

The new list "includes deletions due to fraud, people found alive, and duplications reported by the N.Y.P.D. [New York Police Department]," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.

Of the 2,801 people now counted as victims, death certificates have been issued for 2,749, sources said. Roughly half were granted without identified human remains in order to accommodate families trying to collect life insurance or charity benefits.

The remaining 52 names are people reported to police as missing at the World Trade Center, but whose families have not applied for death certificates or whose deaths remain unverified. About half are foreign nationals, sources said.

The medical examiner's office has received nearly 20,000 pieces of human remains from Ground Zero. About a quarter have been identified.

The 2,801 names will be inscribed on six 6- by 4-foot panels that will be posted next week on a public viewing fence along the eastern and southern perimeter of the Ground Zero pit. Additional panels will describe the history of the 16-acre site, the construction of the Twin Towers, the 1993 terrorist truck bombing that killed six people, and last year's devastation.

The Trade Center toll does not include the 10 hijackers who slammed the two airliners into the World Trade Center, but does include the 127 passengers and 20 crew members on board.




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