Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.90.5
Dimensions: 4 in X 3.125 in
Dimensions (Metric): 10.16 cm X 7.9375 cm
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift
New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner WTC 2007 patch. The patch is dark blue with gold-colored embroidered trim and text: "WTC 2007 | OCME-NYC | Medicolegal | Investigator." In the center of the patch the city skyline is embroidered in gold-colored thread.
The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner was tasked with identifying remains of those who perished at the World Trade Center, a process that expanded into the largest forensic DNA investigation in U.S. history. On 9/11, the OCME immediately established temporary field mortuaries in buildings around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site to assist with the recovery of remains. Its operations expanded to Bellevue Hospital, which served as headquarters for the identification of remains. Between 2006 and 2014 the OCME conducted subsequent searches for human remains in and around the area of the World Trade Center. The OCME continues to preserve all unidentified remains in the hope that future technological breakthroughs may make additional identifications possible.