New York Settles on a Number That Defines Tragedy: 2,749 Dead in Trade Center Attack
By ERIC LIPTON
Published: January 23, 2004
Unless something unexpected happens, this figure could well be the final count that history books will record as the number of victims who died in the World Trade Center attack, city officials said yesterday.
The count of World Trade Center deaths has been in flux since the day of the attack, now 28 months ago. Only this past week did the city remove the final three unconfirmed missing claims from the list of presumed dead, which at one point reached as high as 6,700.
What this means is that 2,749 death certificates have now been issued for World Trade Center victims, matching exactly the official count of missing victims maintained by the city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This is the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, that these two tallies have matched.