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New set of remains identified from 9/11 attacks in New York

By Katie Silver, CNN
  • The latest set of remains identified are of Ernest James
  • James worked for Marsh & McLennan in the North Tower
  • DNA testing is still being performed on more than 6,400 samples of remains

New York (CNN) -- Almost a decade after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, a new set of remains from the site has been identified, the New York City medical examiner's office announced.

The remains are those of Ernest James, 40, said Ellen Borakove, the spokeswoman for the office.

"The identification is a result of our ongoing efforts," Borakove said in a statement Tuesday.

An IT consultant, James worked with professional services company Marsh & McLennan on the upper levels of the North Tower, according to his fiancee Monique Keyes.

After graduating in computer science from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, James had spent his entire career working in the industry in Manhattan. He had been with Marsh & McLennan for six years, Keyes said.

"He was content, he strived to be good at his job; he enjoyed working," Keyes said.

James was one of almost 300 employees and 63 consultants of the company who died September 11, 2001, when a hijacked airplane crashed into the tower.

A Harlem native, James was an "all-round lovable, fun guy, very vibrant with a great sense of humor," Keyes said of her partner of three years.

Having just returned from a cruise together the week before the attacks, the two were "looking forward to committing to each other, sharing a life together, having a family," she added.

James was survived by his mother and sister, who will receive his remains, Keyes said.

"I'm glad that the identification has arrived at this moment -- at the 10-year anniversary," she said. "I feel like I have some closure."

James' identification brings to 1,632 the number of victims named so far. As many as 1,121 victims still have not been identified, according to the medical examiner's office.

A statement from the office said 2,753 people were reported missing after the towers fell. DNA testing was used to identify the majority of the named victims.

The last set of remains identified from the attacks was in May, according to Borakove.

Before this, two sets of remains were identified in 2009, she added.

DNA testing is still ongoing on more than 6,400 samples of remains, the medical examiner's office said.