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In Stonycreek, Sledzik supervised a team of about 65 DMORT workers from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. They are expected to complete their work at the site this week. Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller retains authority over the recovery process and will sign all death certificates, Sledzik said, but DMORT workers have been helping Miller with identification processes.
"Local jurisdictions often don't have a mass disaster plan," he said. "We don't come in and take over, but we augment what the local coroner has set up. We provide whatever support is needed by local officials."
Some DMORT members worked alongside FBI agents and state troopers at the site to recover tissue, bone and dental remains.
Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, a DMORT member and forensic anthropologist from Mercyhurst College in Erie, said the remains were "extremely fragmented" after the crash, in which the airliner hit the ground at hundreds of miles per hour.
Still, Dirkmaat said, DMORT workers were attempting "to document every piece of tissue," no matter how small. By walking or crawling over the crash site and by sifting dirt through mesh screens, DMORT workers hoped to recover tiny samples that, despite their size, could be analyzed and identified.
Once the remains were recovered, they were sent to a temporary morgue four miles away in a Pennsylvania National Guard armory in Friedens. There, more DMORT workers analyzed the remains utilizing equipment shipped from Dallas.
Fingerprint specialists examined tissue and dentists examined teeth, fillings or wire from dental braces that had been collected for comparison with X-rays and other records obtained from relatives of the crash victims. Anthropologists and X-ray technicians have done the same with bones, looking for evidence of healed fractures, past injuries or surgeries.
If remains still couldn't be identified, DMORT workers sent samples to the DNA laboratory in Maryland to be matched with the genetic markers of those who died.
That can be done by obtaining blood samples from relatives or by obtaining DNA from strands of hair left in combs, from saliva on toothbrushes or stamps, even from nearly invisible bits of blood or tissue or a razor blade.
Sledzik said it was too early to know how successful that identification process will be or whether they will be able to identify the hijackers.
"We know that it is very important to the families to be able to make those identifications and we will stick with it until we've exhausted all processes," he said.
"It's heart-rending work, absolutely," he said. "But this [DMORT operation] has a distinct difference to it. Given what's been going on nationally, people here are extremely focused on completing the work here. They feel they can provide a service to these families and to their country and they are here to do that."
Originally posted by esdad71
reply to post by IvanZana
You can find the list of bodies that were found on FLight 93 and the pictures if you use google and get past the first 14 pages of rhetoric and bull#.
Originally posted by OrionStars
reply to post by IvanZana
That is a mighty short wing span indentation for a Boeing 757. If the wings were broken, and someone can show me valid proof of wings close to (500 yards - 8 miles away) that mighty short wing span indentation, I might be inclined to think maybe some plane did crash at that location. What plane can it forensically be proved to be?
[edit on 27-12-2007 by OrionStars]
Originally posted by IvanZana
Why do the debunkers come here to a conspiracy site?
People learning the truth?
Sadly theres nothing you need to learn about flight 93, the pictures says it all.
A: Because it shows that where the photographer is standing is the dent said to have been left by the wing yet it show no fire, dry old weatherd ground with no wing, no parts, no fuel, did i say no fire or parts or wings?
What caused the burnt area if not a plane? Lets look at this forensically. Step back and say, OK, if it was not a plane, what was it? I Have yet to read any claims as to what did it? What created the crater if not a plane???
what does the above picture "prove?"