Most of 135,000 WTC relics claimed by kin

Feb. 4, 2006 at 7:57 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- More than four years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, 84 percent of some 135,000 relics have been claimed by families.

The New York Police Department property clerk's office has been matching property manually, after an electronic system failed to expedite the return process, the police department told the New York Daily News.

The property clerk's office has returned all but 430 of the 1,779 jewelry items recovered from the rubble at Ground Zero, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Jay Winuk picked up the 113,400th item identified from the WTC site -- a wristwatch that his volunteer firefighter brother, Glenn Winuk, was wearing when he died helping evacuate people from one of the towers.

"I have been chasing this watch," said Jay Winuk, who recently found a photocopied warranty that helped identify the ownership of the watch. "There are so many open ends, and this is now a closed one."

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