Three names have been removed from the list of those killed in the World Trade Center attack, bringing the death toll to 2,749, which could stand as the final count, according to a newspaper report.
The official list of those missing now matches the number of death certificates the city has issued for victims for the first time, The New York Times reported Friday.
“Based on the information we have now, we believe this is the final number,” Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city’s medical examiner, told the Times.
Three names were removed from the list of the missing this week after officials could not confirm that they were killed, the Times said.
Two weeks after the attack, the number of missing-person reports peaked at 6,886 amid confusion and calls from frantic relatives. The number stood at 2,792 from December 2002 until October, when 40 unsolved cases were removed from the list.