Danvers flight attendant, N.H. man ID’d from 9/11
By O’Ryan Johnson
Thursday, November 2, 2006 - Updated: 02:25 PM EST
After a five-year wait and two DNA tests, the remains of Karen Martin, a Danvers flight attendant killed aboard American Airlines Flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001, have been identified in New York City, family members said yesterday.
“For me it’s nice because we actually have something of her that’s actually tangible, so we can bring her home now,” her brother Paul Martin told the Herald. “Before we didn’t have anything and never thought we would have anything.”
The remains of Martin, 40, who evidenced a love of flying while growing up with her two brothers and sister, were discovered at Ground Zero within days of the atrocity, according to Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the New York Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Paul Martin said he and his two surviving siblings were administered two DNA tests before the authorities could positively identify Karen’s remains. He said the paperwork needed to return her remains to the tightknit family should be cleared within weeks.
“I was hoping to bring her home before her birthday, which is December,” he said. “Then we’d bury her in the spring.” In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Martin’s family erected a headstone for her and buried dirt from Ground Zero at her parents’ grave in Salem.
The New York examiner’s office also yesterday identified the remains of a New Hampshire business owner, Doug Stone. He was traveling to Los Angeles aboard Flight 11 to visit his son, a UCLA freshman. Co-founder of Odyssey Press in Dover, N.H., Stone was 54. The divorced father of one had family in Lee, Mass., as well as in New Hampshire. His family could not be reached for comment.