15 Years Later, Remains of More Than a Thousand 9/11 Victims Still Unidentified

On September 11, 2001, Lisa Luckett kissed her husband, Edward, goodbye as he left for another busy day of work as a partner at the bond brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald.

She had no idea it would be their last goodbye.

"It feels like 15 years, it feels like five minutes, and it feels like 100 years," Lisa Luckett said. "It really does, because there's been so much that's happened in that time. We've gone through a lot."

Lisa believes the 40-year-old New Jersey father of three was killed instantly when the plane hit One World Trade Center. His remains were never positively identified.

"But they're ashes are ashes, and we are all ashes to ashes and dust to dust, and again that kind of esoteric letting go of what we can't control — it worked for me," Lisa said.

A few years after the terrorist attacks, the city gave the Luckett family — and more than one thousand others — a token of remembrance, seen in the video above.

"It's the dirt and dust and everything from Ground Zero after they had done as much as they could to find people's remains," Lisa said. "And I was OK with that, and I had friends who had pieces found over the years and [got] three different things of three different times and [they asked] 'What I do? Do I reopen a grave?' So I feel like I was kind of spared, actually."

According to the Medical Examiner's office, of the 2,753 World Trade Center victims, 1,637 — 60 percent — were positively identified, but 1,113 are still a mystery to scientists...


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