Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rest In Peace Karol Ann Keasler: New 9/11 victim is identified

Ten years after 9/11, work is ongoing to identify those victims who were not found and identified in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack.

Today comes this:
New 9/11 victim is identified
Friday, February 10, 2012

The New York City Medical Examiner has announced the identification of the latest victim: Karol Ann Keasler, a 42-year-old who worked on the 89th floor of the south tower. The University of Arizona graduate was an events planner for an investment banking company and engaged to be married.

"I was speaking to her on the phone," her mother Denise Keasler told the Las Vegas Review-Journal three years after the attacks. "I had the TV on. She said she was all right. "Then I watched when the plane hit the building, and I never heard from her again."...


From the NY Daily News:

  Karol Ann Keasler (r.) with her sister, Susan Keasler, in undated photo. Karol Ann’s remains were recently identified. Photo courtesy of Susan Keasler

Courtesy of Susan Keasler

Karol Ann Keasler (r.) with her sister, Susan Keasler, in undated photo. Karol Ann’s remains were recently identified.

THE REMAINS of a globe-trotting Brooklyn Heights woman whose journeys took her to Tuscany, Asia and Africa have finally been identified.

Karol Ann Keasler, 42, a bride-to-be who volunteered in a soup kitchen and read novels to the elderly, was finally identified by the city’s chief medical examiner on Friday.

“It’s been almost 11 years,” her younger sister Susan told the Daily News from her home near Las Vegas. “And after all this time, I had come to believe that things like this only happen on ‘CSI.’ ”

Keasler worked as an event planner for investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods on the 89th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. She was identified in part through a breakthrough technology, developed years after 9/11, that can extract a full DNA profile from a small bone fragment.

“I didn’t even realize they were still trying to identify her until the Nevada police came to my mother’s door and told us what they had found in New York,” her sister said.

All they had in the big white ME’s tent off FDR Drive was a bone in Karol Keasler’s foot that had been discovered in the months after 9/11. That turned out to be enough to make a positive ID.

“I feel a little bit restful, a little bit relieved, a little bit thankful,” she said....

Read more about Karol Keasler here.

Never forget.

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