The New York City medical examiner’s office says its workers were sifting soil for possible human remains at a site near the World Trade Center, where a plane part was found last week.
Personnel from the fire and police departments also were at the scene Tuesday.
After nearly 12 years, investigators still found sifting through the debris to be an emotional experience, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
“We’ve been dealing with this operation for 11 years, so it tears away at you,” an FDNY official told CBS 2′s Steve Langford.
In the afternoon, a police detective carried what appeared to be a brown evidence bag into the crime scene investigation truck on the scene, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. It is unclear what, if anything, was found.
The sifting operation is taking part near an aircraft part which was discovered on Wednesday wedged between an apartment building and a mosque that in 2010 prompted virulent national debate about Islam and freedom of speech because it’s just blocks from ground zero.
Fire officials said it’s only a matter of a few cubic yards of soil that’s being examined. But for the families of more than 1,000 9/11 victims who seemed to vanish that day, the operation could provide some sign of precious human remains.
“It’s just another cruel reminder of the events of that day,” FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said.
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