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Billittier Says Identification of Crash Victims Nearly Complete

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – The difficult task of identifying the victims of the tragic crash of Flight 3407 is winding down. And in Clarence Center, Long Street residents are trying to return to day-to-day living.

Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony Billittier says they have made tremendous strides in trying to identify he 50 victims of Flight 3407. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has been assisting the County Health Department with DNA testing. Billittier says some DNA was unfortunately needed to make positive identifications on some of the victims. But for the most part, the ID process has been conducted through other mechanisms and mainly with dental records. Billittier says it is a process that is nearing an end.

Residents living on Long Street in Clarence where the plane crashed are slowing trying to return to a sense of normalcy. Clarence Town Supervisor Scott Bylewski says some of the families with children have voiced their concerns about trying to return to a normal life on the quiet Clarence Center street. But he says all the Long Street residents are feeling a "surreal quality" and a sense of emptiness.

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