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PostSubject: Thirty-four passengers   Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:10 am

Somerset County Coroner Wally Miller was involved in the investigation and identification of the remains. As he walked through the wreckage, the only recognizable body part he saw was a piece of spinal cord with five vertebrae attached.[77] Miller later found and identified 1,500 pieces of human remains totaling about 600 pounds (272 kg), or eight percent of the total.[78] The rest of the remains were consumed by the impact.[79] Investigators identified four victims by September 22 and eleven by September 24.[80][81] They identified another by September 29.[82] Thirty-four passengers were identified by October 27.[83] All the people on board the flight were identified by December 21. Human remains were so fragmented investigators could not determine if any victims were dead before the plane crashed. Death certificates for the 40 victims listed the cause of death as homicide and listed the cause of death for the four hijackers as suicide.[84] The remains and personal effects of the victims were returned to the families.[85] The remains of the hijackers, identified by the process of elimination, were turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as evidence.[86]
Piece of fuselage found at crash site

Investigators also found a knife disguised as a cigarette lighter.[87] They located the flight data recorder on September 13 and the cockpit voice recorder the following day.



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