9/11 flag believed to be lost found in Washington state

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Posted: Sep 07, 2016 6:13 PM

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A U.S. flag that turned up in Washington state in 2014 is believed to be the flag that was raised by firefighters above the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

The finding comes after a two-year investigation by the Everett Police Department, with assistance from forensic experts. The flag will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Exactly how the flag wound up in Everett, a city about 30 miles north of Seattle, is a mystery. The flag disappeared from ground zero during the site cleanup. The police investigation began in November 2014, when a man dropped off a flag at an Everett fire station.

Former Everett Police Detective Jim Massingale told ( http://bit.ly/2cbtGrC ) The Daily Herald "the flag is likely the same flag."

The detectives' investigation included DNA analysis, photographic comparisons and eyewitness identification.