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As the city of New York began accepting applications for death certificates from people whose relatives are missing in the World Trade Center ruins, military officials confirmed the identities of people who died in the Pentagon attack.

Attorneys are available in New York Wednesday to give families free legal assistance with the death certificate process.

New York's estimate of the number of missing persons fell slightly to 6,347. Recovery workers have found 300 bodies. Of those, 232 have been identified. Those numbers don't include the 157 people aboard both planes that crashed into the towers. The missing persons number is compiled from a variety of sources, including 4,136 families who reported their relatives missing, and may contain some duplicates.

The death toll in Pennsylvania is 44, and 189 at the Pentagon, including the 64 people who died on American Airlines Flight 77.

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The Department of Defense confirmed the identities of four more people who died in the Pentagon attack, The Associated Press reported. That brings to 78 the number of victims positively identified, not including the person who died after the attack due to injuries.

The identities of those people are:

Lt. Col. Jerry D. Dickerson, U.S. Army, 41, Mississippi

Ms. Odessa V. Morris, Department of the Army civilian, 54, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Lt. Col. David M. Scales, U.S. Army, 45, Cleveland, Ohio

Ms. Sandra L. White, Department of the Army civilian, 44, Dumfries, Virginia


How will families who never receive remains achieve closure?

What might the lasting psychological effects be on survivors of the attacks?

What will be the toll on families affected by the mass airline industry layoffs resulting from the attacks?

How long will it take for relatives to receive confirmation of the fate of the missing? (Click here for more)

How will the remains pulled from the rubble be identified? (Click here for more)


For the families of thousands of New Yorkers, time is running out -- it's becoming harder by the hour to believe that someone may be found alive in the tons of steel and concrete. While government agencies have rallied to offer financial support to individuals and businesses, the attacks leave an aching void in the lives of families and a sense of insecurity regarding the nation's safety.

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