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No human remains where piece of 9/11 plane was found

New York police removed a piece of a plane believed to be connected to the 9/11 attacks.

Andrew Kelly /Reuters

New York police removed a piece of a plane believed to be connected to the 9/11 attacks.

NEW YORK — New York City officials said Wednesday that no human remains were found in the soil behind a building in Lower Manhattan where wreckage was discovered last week from one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center more than a decade ago.

The surprising discovery so long after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks led to an exhaustive search for human remains. That search turned up nothing, according to the New York City medical examiner’s office.

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“We did a thorough examination of the area to make sure we didn’t have any remains that were missed,’’ said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.

The piece of wreckage was discovered last week by land surveyors in a narrow slice of land between 50 Murray St., a residential building, and 51 Park Place, which is empty.

Park Place is about three blocks north of the World Trade Center site.

Police carted off the piece of wreckage Wednesday morning, treating it with the care one might expect at an archaeological dig.

“We tried not to cut it, not to change it in any fashion,’’ said Deputy Chief William Aubry, the commanding officer of the Forensic Investigations Division.

They were able to remove it intact.

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